Published: Wed, July 24, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

India over the Moon as Chandrayaan-2 launched successfully

India over the Moon as Chandrayaan-2 launched successfully

K. Sivan, head of India's space agency, said the rocket successfully injected the spacecraft into orbit. It is also the destination of NASA's 2024 mission to the moon.

After identifying a site, Vikram will detach from the orbiter and commence its journey towards its destination, at all times remaining in constant contact with Chandrayaan-2.

Overwhelmed by the launch, dignitaries like Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their proud feeling, while celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and others too, congratulated ISRO for the achievement.

A man at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium, takes pictures of a web cast of the lift off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019.

On behalf of the House and the nation, the Chairman extended heartiest congratulations to all the scientists and personnel behind the success of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, and also conveyed good wishes for the successful culmination of the mission.

"This House congratulates the scientists of ISRO for their efforts".

The mission comprises of an Orbiter for remote sensing the Moon and also a Lander-Rover module that will make a soft-landing on the moon's surface 48 days from now, on September 7.

Experts said setbacks such as the halt to the first launch were to be expected because of the complexity of the mission.

QUEST FOR WATER: After being the first to gather evidence of water on the surface of the Moon, with its maiden Moon mission in October 2008, Indian scientists plan to take those experiments further by mapping the extent and distribution of water on the Moon.

IT'S CHEAP: Unlike other moon missions, the Chandrayaan-2 weighing 3.8 tonnes is extremely cost-effective, with a total estimated cost of ₹978 crore- ₹603 crore for the space segment and ₹375 crore for the launch. A student at JBM Global, one of India's only high schools offering a curriculum dedicated to space exploration, she had stayed back after school to watch the live-streamed launch in the auditorium.

Calling the ISRO team "real superheroes", Sharman said, "Namumkin ko phir mumkin kiya hai @isro ne (ISRO has again made the impossible possible)".

India's low-priced, homegrown technology that has powered its space program is a source of national pride and inspiration.

India will use a rover to explore the lunar surface for a period of two weeks.

India does not have a rocket powerful enough to hurl Chandrayaan-2 on a direct path.

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