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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is building a replica of the surface of the moon in preparation for the country's second lunar mission. Chandrayaan-2, to be launched in 2013, will comprise two robotic rovers to explore the lunar surface and also dig deeper.
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India is scouting for 15-16sqkm of land on the moon. The land should be flat in gradient, have an elevated terrain at one end to catch sunlight and a crater that has ample water. The land should also have enough shadow regions that stay cool in the peak of summer.
Indian scientists are confident they will be the first to identify, and perhaps draw the boundaries of, such a location to set up a lunar base when Chandrayaan-2, the second moon mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), takes off in 2013. The point where the mission's moon impact probe (MIP) hits will probably be named after Mahatma Gandhi.

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ISRO may jiggle Chandrayaan-II payloads after discovery of water news
ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair has confessed that the startling discovery of the presence of water in larger quantities than previously estimated has prompted scientists to rethink the experiments to be carried by the follow-on mission Chandrayaan-II. The mission is slated for launch by 2013.

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Data from Chandrayaan-1 to be used for second moon mission
Further research was being carried out for the Chandrayaan-2 project, based on the quality data and photographs taken by Chandrayaan-1, whose mission came to an abrupt end last week, a top ISRO official said on Saturday.

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Design of Chandrayaan-2 ready
India has completed the design of Chandrayaan-2, its next mission to the moon -- this time in collaboration with Russia -- that would have a lander and rover which can collect samples of the lunar soil and analyse them and send back the data.

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India plans to power some parts of the Chandrayaan II--its next unmanned mission to the moon- with nuclear energy and the feasibility studies are being carried out by Indian Space Research Organisation and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

"We are thinking of powering some parts of Chandrayaan II with nuclear power and it will power the spacecraft when it revolves around the dark side of the moon" - Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO.

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Chandrayan II faces landing woes
The Chandrayaan II mission, slated to be launched in 2011-12, is facing an impediment in landing the "rover" on the surface of the moon. The chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Gopalan Madhavan Nair, said they were trying to develop technologies to help override the concern.

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Chandrayaan-II to be launched by 2013
India's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-II is likely to be launched by 2013, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair said Saturday.

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The biggest impediment to the launch of Chandrayaan-2 is ensuring a soft landing for the rover on the moon, which is a crucial part of the mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G. Madhavan Nair said here on Saturday.
Speaking to journalists after receiving the M.P. Birla Memorial Award, Mr. Nair explained that since the moons gravitation was less than that of the earth, the ISRO would have to build technology for managing the impact of the landing.

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Indian space scientists are going ahead full steam with the planning of next moon odyssey Chandrayaan-2, a mission which will see a soft landing of small rovers on the surface of earth's natural satellite.

"We are finalising the instruments to be carried in the rovers. The work is on.... it will be launched by 2011 end or during the beginning of 2012" - Dr T K Alex, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre.

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Chandrayaan II will be launched on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) as opposed to the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle used to launch Chandrayaan I.

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