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. The mission is cheaper than the budget of the Hollywood science fiction movie, Interstellar, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. The mission will cost only Rs 800 crore, whereas the movie Interstellar had cost Rs 1,062 crore to make. 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. The Chairman of ISRO, Dr K Sivan has said that while creating a mission, the teams look for simplifying the system to cut everything that is extraneous to it, and more focus is put into avoiding wastage of money.
ISRO is scheduling the launch of Chandrayaan 2 in April 2018, but there will be a variety of factors that will be kept in importance before it, like the location of the moon at the specific time. Sivan said that they’re trying for a dawn-to-dusk landing and rover walk on the lunar’s mission for maximum utilization of the scientific mission. But if the mission isn’t able to launch in April, then it’ll be a go for in November.
The news about the budget of Chandrayaan-2 has been amusing people on Twitter, who have remarked that only India is capable of making efficient space crafts and missiles by cutting costs, and providing a great performance.