Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
2:43 pm IST, 22 July 2019
India’s moon mission Chandrayaan 2 lifted off from its launch pad at on board a giant heavy-lift rocket. India’s space scientists had a narrow one-minute window for their second attempt at launching the moon mission. One week earlier the mission had to be aborted 56 minutes before lift-off.
GSLV MK-III has successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 into the defined orbit, Moon landing scheduled for 7 September. The success of Chandrayaan-2 has brought a huge relief for the team of Isro scientists.
The Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter and remain in orbit for four days.
On the fourth day, the camera on the orbiter will scout for a landing site and the information will be uploaded onto the lander. After that, the lander will hover around 100m above the lunar surface. It will then conduct a soft landing on the Moon. The rover will roll out after the landing is completed.
The success of Chandrayaan 2 mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to make a soft landing on the moon.
The successful launch has already made global news headlines. Leading newspapers everywhere in the world are hailing India’s “huge leap forward” in space research.
India spent just Rs 900 cr for this mission. But, the returns it has got already is priceless.
NASA is keen to know what Isro learns about the lunar south pole. Like NASA, mankind has always been curious to know:
- What is the moon made of, and how did it form?
- What were the moon’s violent origins, how its phases shaped the earliest calendars?
- How Man first explored Moon 50 years ago?
It must be noted that it is not just about the money spent, it is all about the application of mind, body, soul and above all spirit which makes such missions possible.
Earlier attempts to land on the moon were centered around the moon’s equator. Chandrayan 2 will land on the moon’s south pole where no man or man-made machine has gone before. That’s what makes the mission so special.
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