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Chandrayaan-2 launch Highlights: India scripts history, all eyes now on Sept 7 moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 Launch Live, ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Launch Live Streaming Online Updates: India's first lander mission to the Moon was launched today. The mission would see the lander and rover modules of the spacecraft make a soft-landing on the moon’s surface 48 days from now, on September 7.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2019 10:24:18 pm
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Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Launch:  India scripted history by launching Chandrayaan-2 – its first lander mission to the Moon – from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on Monday. The three-stage rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 launch vehicle, called Baabubali, lifted off at its appointed time of 2.43 pm and successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 into Earth’s orbit, where it will spend 23 days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday described the occasion as a “special moment that will be etched in the annals of history.” The mission would see the lander and rover modules of the spacecraft make a soft-landing on the moon’s surface 48 days from now, on September 7.  After a failed attempt last week, scientists at ISRO had a window of only a few minutes to launch Chandrayaan-2, making it necessary that all operations in the run-up to lift-off are conducted with extreme precision.

Chandrayaan-2, the sequel to Chandrayaan-1, consists of three modules — an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. The Orbiter will orbit the Moon from 100 kilometres away, while the Lander will carry the Rover module to the surface of the Moon. As the Lander makes a soft-landing, the Rover will detach itself and slowly crawl on the surface to record observations and collect data. The Lander module is named ‘Vikram’, after Vikram Sarabhai. The Rover, called ‘Pragyaan’ (wisdom), is a six-wheeled solar-powered vehicle.

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21:00 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chandrayaan 2 launched, India scripts history
21:00 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chandrayaan 2 launched, India scripts history
19:18 (IST)22 Jul 2019
NASA congratulates ISRO on launch of Chandrayaan 2

Congrats to ISRO on the launch of Chandrayaan 2, a mission to study the Moon. We're proud to support your mission comms using our Deep Space Network and look forward to what you learn about the lunar South pole where we will send astronauts on our Artemis mission in a few years.

19:04 (IST)22 Jul 2019
7500 visitors witnessed Chandrayaan 2 launch at Sriharikota

Total number of 7500 visitors witnessed the launch of Chandrayaan 2, LIVE from the Viewer's Gallery at Sriharikota, ISRO said.

18:21 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Karnataka assembly congratulates ISRO on successful launch of Chandrayaan-2

The Karnataka assembly Monday congratulated ISRO scientists for the successful launch of its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameswara read out the message, congratulating ISRO for its achievement during the crucial debate on the confidence motion moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy. Members welcomed the announcement by thumping their desks.

18:12 (IST)22 Jul 2019
RSS congratulates ISRO scientists over Chandrayaan-2 launch

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Monday congratulated ISRO scientists for the successful launch of the space agency's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2.

India this afternoon successfully launched its second lunar mission on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport in Sriharikota. "All the countrymen are feeling proud on the successful launchof Chandrayaan-2 by our scientists," said RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi. 

17:55 (IST)22 Jul 2019
President Kovind congratulates ISRO for Chandrayaan 2 launch

President Ram Nath Kovind: The historic launch of Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota is a proud moment for all Indians. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers for furthering India's indigenous space programme. May ISRO continue to master new technologies, and continue to conquer new frontiers

17:53 (IST)22 Jul 2019
PM Modi dials up ISRO chief after successful Chandrayaan 2 launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO chief K Sivan on call after the successful launch of India's moon mission Chandrayaan 2. 

17:34 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Goa Assembly congratulates ISRO for Chandrayaan launch

The Goa Assembly on Monday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of its second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2'.

During the ongoing monsoon session of the state Assembly, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar said it was an "extremely proud moment" for the people of the country. Congratulating ISRO for the moon mission, he told the House, "There is good news for you. India has successfully
launched its Chandrayaan-2 mission It is an extremely proud moment for us."

16:58 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Nitish congratulates ISRO for Chandrayaan-2 successful launch

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2 - the country's second lunar mission that aims at exploring the unchartered south pole of the moon by landing a rover.

"ISRO has made history with successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota. It is a matter of pride for the entire nation. It is the result of hard work of ISRO scientists, who deserve commendation", Kumar - an engineer by qualification who is also known to be a science and technology enthusiast - said in a statement. (PTI)

16:30 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and others celebrate successful launch of Chandrayaan 2

Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Ekta Kapoor, Vidya Balan and others took to Twitter to congratulate ISRO on the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2. Read more here

15:56 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chandrayaan 2 launch: India in celebratory mood
15:47 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chandrayaan 2 launch: ISRO has bounced back with flying colours after technical snag, says Sivan

Minutes after India’s second moon mission was launched, ISRO chief K Sivan Monday announced that the country’s most powerful rocket, GSLV MK-III, had successfully placed Chandrayaan 2 in the Earth orbit.

"It is the beginning of a historic journey of India towards the moon and to land at a place near the South Pole to carry out scientific experiments,” Sivan said. Read more here

15:45 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chandrayaan 2 launched, what next

The Chandrayaan 2 mission would see the lander and rover modules of the spacecraft make a soft-landing on the moon’s surface 48 days from now, on September 7. Both of them will be ‘alive’ there for 14 days, during which they will carry out various experiments and collect data.

Today’s launch went ahead without any trouble, as the massive 640-tonne GSLV Mk-III rocket carried the 3850-kg Chandrayaan-2 composite module into space. Less than seventeen minutes later, Chandrayaan-2 was on its own, having been deposited in an earth orbit by the rocket, which after burning its successive stages, had separated itself completely from the spacecraft.

Chandrayaan-2 will spend the next 23 days circling around the earth, incrementally raising its orbit, before it would embark on a seven-day journey to enter an orbit around the moon.

15:41 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Watch | India heads for the Moon

Chandrayaan 2 will be the world's first lunar mission to reach the Moon's south pole region. Know more about it here

15:39 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Nation proud of its scientists: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated ISRO scientists on the flawless launching of Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota.

15:30 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Indian at heart, Indian in spirit: PM Modi celebrates Chandrayaan 2 launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to celebrate the successful launch of India's moon mission Chandrayaan 2 on Monday.

"Indian at heart, Indian in spirit! What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that Chandrayaan 2 is a fully indigenous mission," he said.

"Efforts such as Chandrayaan 2 will further encourage our bright youngsters towards science, top quality research and innovation. Thanks to Chandrayaan, India’s Lunar Programme will get a substantial boost. Our existing knowledge of the Moon will be significantly enhanced," he said. 

15:26 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Good time to remember Jawaharlal Nehru, Manmohan Singh: Congress on Chandrayaan 2

The Congress, while congratulating ISRO scientists for the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2, said it is a "good time to remember the visionary move of India's first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru" and "Dr Manmohan Singh for sanctioning the Chandrayan2 project in 2008."

15:22 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu congratulates ISRO for Chandrayaan 2 launch

"Heartiest congratulations to Team ISRO on the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 from the Sriharikota Range(SHAR), in Andhra Pradesh today. Successful landing of Chandrayaan-2, an indigenously developed Spacecraft launched by India’s most powerful rocket- GSLV MKIII on the moon in a few weeks will make India the 4th country to do so," Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted. 

15:20 (IST)22 Jul 2019
One of the greatest technological achievements in Indian history: Kerala CM on Chandrayaan 2

Congratulating ISRO for the successful launch of India's moon mission Chandrayaan 2, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted: "This is one of the greatest technological achievements in Indian history."

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ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Launch Live Updates:

Chandrayaan-2 will spend 23 days in the Earth’s orbit, after which its journey to the Moon will take seven days. For the next 13 days, it will remain in lunar orbit, going around the Moon in an orbit of 100 km. The Lander module would separate from the Orbiter on Day 43, or September 2, and could continue to go around the Moon for another few days in a lower orbit.

The actual landing will happen on September 6, as originally scheduled, or in the early hours of September 7.

Explained: What Moon can hold for India

Chandrayaan-2 is India’s first attempt to land on the lunar surface. Its first Moon mission Chandrayaan-1, which was launched in 2008, was an Orbiter mission. But one of the instruments on board, called Moon Impact Probe (MIP) was made to crashland on the lunar surface. The MIP was one of the two instruments of Chandrayaan-1 that provided irrefutable evidence of the presence of water on the Moon.

Also read | Why Chandrayaan-2’s GSLV Mk-III rocket developed a glitch

With Chandrayaan-2, India will become the fourth country to soft-land a rover on the Moon after Russia, the US and China.

With these missions, ISRO has also been signalling a distinct change in its priorities — henceforth, it would be an agency engaged mainly in space and inter-planetary exploration, while other ventures like commercial satellite launches would only be secondary activities. Much would, however, depend on the success of Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan.

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