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Unbelievable! India's lunar mission costs less than this Hollywood blockbuster!

Unbelievable! India's lunar mission costs less than this Hollywood blockbuster!

India's second moon mission - Chandrayaan 2 - is making headlines for being one of the most cost-effective space missions; at Rs 800 crores it happens to be even cheaper than the making cost of famous Hollywood movie "Interstellar" - a science fiction drama based on space activities.

Chandrayaan- 2, the Indian Space Research Agency's (ISRO) second lunar mission, is going to land a rover on the south pole of the moon. Another instance of cost effective missions is The Mars Mission in 2013, which only cost Rs 470 crore, while the Hollywood movie, Gravity was made for a whopping Rs 644 crore.

ISRO chairman Dr. K Sivan said that the organization has identified two locations for the landing on the moon.

In an exclusive interview with the ToI, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan explained what makes the space agency's interplanetary missions so much cost-effective. "We keep the strict vigil on each and every stage of development of a spacecraft or a rocket and, therefore, we are able to avoid wastage of products, which helps us minimize the mission cost".

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Chandrayaan-2 Mission in April.

ISRO Satellite Centre director Dr M Annadorai told Bangalore Mirror that images obtained by the Chandrayaan-1 during its lunar odyssey would guide the Lander to a "safe" spot. If we are not able to land in April due to various factors, then the mission will be launched in November. Dr. V Sivan added that the launch date will depend upon the relative position of the moon with respect to the Earth. On the contrary, ISRO is planning for a site near the South Pole due to prominence of large and old rocks that will describe how it came to be and what is it made up of. And when it comes to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), some of the most critical missions are cheaper than the VFX-laden Hollywood blockbusters. "Analysing these rocks and the surface will help us explore the moon better and enrich our understanding of the universe". After a controlled descent, the Lander will soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a Rover.

During the 14 earth days stay in the moon, the rover will only take 15 minutes time to send images and data of the lunar surface back to the Earth through the orbiter. "Therefore, it's a completely indigenous programme now". However, Isro scientists wanted their own rover.

Other tests on different Chandrayaan-2 has been taking place at Bengaluru, Mahendragir and Chitradurga.