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'Chandrayaan-II mission to be completed by 2012-13'

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BANGALORE (PTI): Chandrayaan-II moon mission, which will help in analysis of mineral composition and undertake terrain mapping of the moon, will be completed by 2012-13, Project Director of Chandrayaan Dr M Annadurai said .

"The Rs 425 crore project will be completed by 2012-13. As opposed to Chandrayaan-1 which was a moon orbiter, in Chandrayaan-2, the two moon rovers will actually land on the moon surface," he said inaugurating the sixth National Student Conference at University Visveswaraya College of Engineering on Saturday.

"Chadrayaan-II will consist of the spacecraft and a landing platform with two moon rovers, one from India and one from Russia, which will land on the moon and move on wheels on the lunar surface, pick up samples of soil or rocks, do a chemical analysis and send the data to the spacecraft orbiting above," Annadurai said.

Annadurai, the Project Director of Chandrayaan-I and II, said the Chardrayaan-I which was the 70th satellite to go on the moon "created history with discovery of water there (moon)".

"The Rs 386 crore project (Chandrayaan-I) which took four and a half years to be completed has provided 6 terabits of data which will take the scientists three years to mull over," he said.

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