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ISRO personnel give final touches to the Lander (Vikram) and the Rover (Pragyan) of India's second moon mission Chandrayaan 2, that is scheduled to be launched on July 15. (IANS photo)

BENGALURU (IANS) — India would launch its second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, on July 15 from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh and land its rover on the lunar surface on Sept. 6.

"The 3,890 kg Chandrayaan-2 mission will be launched on board a heavy rocket from our spaceport at Sriharikota on July 15 at 2:15 a.m., with an orbiter, lander and rover," state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told reporters here June 12.

The cost of the Chandrayaan-2 mission is Rs 978 crore, including Rs 375 crore for the heavy rocket, the Geo-stationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mark III).

The mission will have 14 scientific instruments (payloads), including 8 in the orbiter, 4 in the lander and 2 in the rover.

"The rocket will place the orbiter in the geo-transfer orbit for its voyage to the lunar orbit, covering the vast distance (385,000 km) from earth to moon in 50 days for the lander to have a soft landing near its south pole on Sept. 6," Sivan said.

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