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Chandrayaan-2 Launch: ISRO Addresses the Media Over Launch Cancellation

“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system… As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” tweets ISRO.

India’s ambitious second lunar mission, Chandrayaan 2, suffered a temporary setback in the early hours of Monday, with the launch of the rocket being aborted 56 minutes before the scheduled lift-off.

The mission was aimed at putting a rover on the moon’s South Pole, where no country has gone before.

The countdown was stopped at ‘T Minus 56 minutes’ after Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists found a glitch in the launch vehicle system. ISRO had completed filling of liquid hydrogen in the cryogenic stage of the GSLV MK-III-M1, which is capable of carrying satellites of up to four tonnes, at 1.34 a.m. But 22 minutes later, the countdown clock stopped ticking at 56.24 minutes to launch. (source)

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