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Video Summary :
If you are someone who is passionate in the field of astronomy, then you may have heard a lot about Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO
in recent years.
They have made a lot of achievements in the space industry. Sending the Mars Orbiter on the very first attempt and at a budget of 22 million dollars was one of them.
Recently, India had launched its second lunar exploration mission Chandrayaan-2 on July 22. It will be the first to land on the Moon’s south pole and it is expected to provide a lot of new information about the frozen parts of our moon .
But did you know that this launch was supposed to happen before July 22? Well, not talking about July 16. But it was supposed to happen 6 years ago on 2013.
As convinced in 2008, the chandrayaan 2 mission
was going to include a Russian lander along with Indian Rover and orbiter. Everything was going to be launched in an Indian rocket.
But, the failure of Russia's phobos-grunt led the Russian space agency to propose some changes to chandrayaan 2, that raised some issues and led India to reconsider the joint partnership effort.
The Russian phobos-grunt mission was intended to return some samples from Martian moon. But it never made it out of the earth orbit due to a technical failure.
That's why Russian space agency proposed some changes to increase the reliability of the moon lander's hardware for chandrayaan 2 mission. This change was going to increase the mass of the Russian lander and for that reason, due to some technical limitation isro had to decrease the mass and reliability of its own moon rover.
So ISRO didn’t like this proposal made by Russian space agency.
This proposal affected their partnership and that's why ISRO had to drop Russia from chandrayaan 2 mission and spend all these years for designing its own lunar lander.
I hope now you understand why Russia backed out of this chandrayaan 2 mission.
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