Chandrayaan 2 lifts off successfully from Sriharikota, ISRO
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ISRO’s ambitious mission, Chandrayaan 2 was launched successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

With an aim to reach the Moon’s south pole, the 640 tonnes rocket lifted off at 2:43 pm carrying orbiter and lander.

ISRO will live stream the event on its social media handles, on Twitter (@isro) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ISRO).

Public broadcaster Doordarshan will also air the launch live from both the launch pad as well as the Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) mission control room.

According to ISRO, the mission is more than just winning the bragging rights for India by being a part of the elite lunar club.

Instead, it aims to increase the understanding of the Earth’s natural satellite, the moon.

Chandrayaan 2, the first space mission that will conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s South Polar Region, first Indian expedition with home-grown technology.

The most powerful rocket, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III, ISRO’s heavy-lift geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle that will carry Chandrayaan-2 to the moon has been nicknamed as ‘Baahubali’.

The 640-tonne rocket, ‘Baahubali’ is 44 metres long launch vehicle is as tall as a 15-storey building.

With this lunar mission, India becomes the fourth country – following Russia, USA and China to launch a successful lunar mission.

Last Monday on July 15, the mission was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds ahead of its launch as an “abundant precaution.”

“Whatever technical snag we observed on July 15 has been rectified. The vehicle is in good health… The (pre-launch) rehearsal has been successfully completed,” ISRO chairman K Sivan was quoted as saying.

At a Press Conference earlier, ISRO Chairman had said, “Chandrayaan 2 consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover together referred to as “composite body”.

“The total mass of Chandrayaan 2 system is 3.8 ton; out of 3.8 ton, nearly 1.3 ton is the propeller” he had added.

Initially, Russia’s Roscosmos was supposed to develop the lander and the mission had to be postponed when Russia was unable to develop the lander on time.

Thereafter India developed the entire mission on its own.

This mission was approved by the cabinet in 2008 just after Chandrayaan 1, that confirmed the presence of water in 2009.

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