ISRO has announced that Chandrayan-2 which is the second lunar mission will be launched on July 15. It will unravel the deep mysteries of the moon and also take the relations of ISRO with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a US space agency to new heights. Chandrayan-2 will be carrying 14 payloads to the moon, out of which 13 payloads are indigenous payload and one is “passive payload” of NASA.
ISRO chairman K Sivan said that since this mission is an interplanetary mission, the data from India's deep space network in Bayalalu, Karnataka won’t be sufficient. And that is why ISRO will also use NASA’s network of deep space centers for the guidance and tracking of Chandrayan-2 module during its journey to the moon. NASA will make use of their network and not just one place for navigation and tracking. It was also been said by him that NASA’s passive payload laser Retroreflector which is integrated with Vikram Lander will be carried for free and will help calculate the distance between earth and moon.
Deep Space Network (DSN) is a worldwide network of US Spacecraft communication which is located in USA’s California, Spain’s Madrid and Australia’s Canberra. NASA's DSN supports US interplanetary spacecraft missions. It also performs radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the Solar System and the universe.
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