Chandrayaan 2 launch: Every Indian is immensely proud today, tweets PM Modi on Chandrayaan-2 launch
Chandrayaan-2 took off on time at 2:43 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota island off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.
Chandrayaan-2 took off on time at 2:43 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota island off the coast of Andhra Pradesh. The Rs 978 crore mission marks a significant point in India’s space programme making it the fourth country to have landed a rover on moon.
ISRO confirmed that the 43.43m tall three-stage rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1, also known as ‘Baahubali’ for carrying heavy payloads, successfully placed the Chandrayaan-2 in the earth’s orbit.
The success of Chandrayaan-2 lift off comes days after the July 15 launch was called off just about an hour left following a technical glitch in the rocket. “We bounced back in flying colours after the earlier technical snag,” ISRO chief K Sivan said on Monday.
Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to land on the lunar south pole, where no country has gone so far, in September. It will send a rover to explore water deposits which were confirmed by India’s first moon mission in 2008.(HT)