Press Meet - Briefing by Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO
Release/Press Meet - Briefing by Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO
A Press Meet was organized today, June 12, 2019 at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru on
the occasion of the forthcoming launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to Moon. Dr
K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO addressed and interacted with over hundred and fifty
regional, national and international media persons during the meet.
Dr Sivan outlined ISRO’s vision on space science and interplanetary missions.
Understanding the secrets of the inner solar system is an aspiration of both
national and international scientific community. Specifically talking about
Chandrayaan-2, he announced “The launch of Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLV MkIII-M1 is
planned on July 15, 2019 at 02.51 Hrs from Sriharikota”. Further, he said the soft
landing of the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon’s surface is likely to be
on September 06, 2019. The briefing included the scientific objectives, challenges
and benefits of the mission.
He also provided details on the orbiter, lander and rover as well as the challenging
tasks of navigating to the Moon and inserting the spacecraft into lunar orbit. Dr
Sivan then specially mentioned about the highly demanding task of soft landing on
the lunar surface and termed it as “15 terrifying minutes”
Earlier during the day, the media persons had an opportunity to view Chandrayaan-2
orbiter and lander at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE),
The briefing by Chairman, ISRO was followed by an extensive interactive session with