ISRO’s lunar touchdown has dry run on soil fetched from Tamil Nadu

Chandrayaan-2’s lander and rover were tested on a simulated surface
Newly designed cars are tested for road-worthiness on terrain where they would be driven, while new aircraft are test-flown in the skies. But where on earth did the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s lander and rover, which will head for the moon on July 15, check out their legs and wheels? More than a decade ago, even as the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter mission of 2008 was being readied, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created a proto-Lunar Terrain Test Facility (LTTF) at its advanced satellite testing unit, ISITE, in Bengaluru. This, it did, by modifying a balloon research lab, about 30-40 m high, long and wide.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/isros-lunar-touchdown-has-dry-run-on-soil-fetched-from-tamil-nadu/article28417312.ece

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