CHANDRAYAAN 2 … Successful lift off Monday from Sriharikota Space Centre


NEW DELHI: India successfully launched its second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 that will land the rover on September 7 in the lunar south pole. The launch took place exactly a week after the liftoff got aborted due to a technical snag.

Cited as the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by ISRO, the mission hopes to see India entering an exclusive club of nations to have a soft landing on the moon. The others who have achieved this feat are Russia, the US and China. “The launch on Monday was a great success,” said ISRO chairman K Sivan, who spoke to media from the mission control room of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, near Chennai. 

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota spaceport at exactly 2.43 p.m. to begin its ascent into space.

The team of scientists and technocrats were jubilant. Lok Sabha hailed the successful launch. Making a reference, Speaker Om Birla said, 

“Chandrayaan-2 has been successfully launched this afternoon at around 2.43 pm from Sriharikota. This shows the capability and power of Indian scientists.

The distance between the Earth and the Moon is 384,300km.Moon is about a quarter of the Earth’s size. –IHN-NN

Isro scientists at work in Bengaluru, weeks before the launch.


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