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ISRO to practice Moon Landing in Bengaluru for Chandrayaan II


In order to help Indian space scientists overcome the challenges of landing on Moon and Mars, researchers will fly a small aircraft breaching the ‘no fly zone’ rules over Bengaluru. 
●    What’s striking is that the aircraft will carry a special payload of country’s second lunar mission — Chandrayaan-II. 
●    The aircraft will drop the payload over a scooped out area in order to mimic lunar surface with large craters and check whether the scientists can successfully touch down the surface.
●    Moon contains over 1.8 lakh craters and each of them has a diameter of over 1km which makes it difficult for scientists to land the rover on a plane surface. 
●    Scientists at ISRO will conduct several critical tests to ensure landing takes place on even surface before the commencement of second lunar mission.
●    During the same time when ISRO tests the landing of aircraft, DRDO will test Rustom-II which is an advanced Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR). 

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