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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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.
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 pic.twitter.com/dOcWBX3kOE— NASA (@NASA) July 22, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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)
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
Chandrayaan 2 launch: India in celebratory mood
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
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.
Watch | India heads for the Moon
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.
Congratulations to ISRO scientists on flawless launching of #Chandrayaan2 from Sriharikota— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 22, 2019
Team ISRO scripted a new chapter in India’s space history with the launch of this ambitious and indigenous Mission to Moon.
The nation is extremely proud of its scientists and Team ISRO.
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.
Indian at heart, Indian in spirit!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2019
What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that #Chandrayaan2 is a fully indigenous mission.
It will have an Orbiter for remote sensing the Moon and also a Lander-Rover module for analysis of lunar surface.
"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.
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."
This is a good time to remember the visionary move of India's first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to fund space research through INCOSPAR in1962 which later became ISRO. And also Dr. Manmohan Singh for sanctioning the #Chandrayan2 project in 2008. pic.twitter.com/2Tje349pa0— Congress (@INCIndia) July 22, 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.
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. #GSLVMKIII #ISRO #ISROMissions#Chandrayaan2— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) July 22, 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."
CM Pinarayi Vijayan warmly congratulates ISRO on the success of #Chandrayaan2 mission, India's second lunar exploration mission. This is one of the greatest technological achievements in Indian history. @isro— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) July 22, 2019
Salute ISRO scientists for making India super space power: Sushma Swaraj
Former MEA Sushma Swaraj congratulated ISRO scientists for the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2 on Monday. "I salute ISRO
scientists for making India a space super power by successfully launching Chandrayaan2. I wish the mission a grand success," she tweeted.
Watch | First visuals of ISRO's Chandrayaan2 taking off
Here are the first visuals of ISRO's Chandrayaan2 taking off. India's first exploratory mission to the Moon was launched today at 2.43 PM. 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.
K Sivan addresses the press: 'It is the beginning of India's historic journey to Moon'
"Today is a historic day. I'm extremely happy to announce that GSLV-MkIII-M1 has successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 in the defined orbit. It is a beginning of India's historic journey to the Moon," says K Sivan. "ISRO has bounced back with flying colours after the technical snag."
JUST IN: Chandrayaan-2 injected into Earth's orbit
Chandrayaan-2 has been injected into Earth's orbit. The spacecraft will spend 23 days in Earth orbit, before making its journey to the Moon. The journey to the Moon will take seven days. Chandrayaan-2 is expected to spend 13 days in lunar orbit, before the Vikram Lander module and the Pragyaan Rover will separate from the Orbiter and make its way to the surface of the Moon. The Orbiter orbits the Moon at a distance of 100 kilometres. On September 6, if all goes well, the duo will soft-land on the Moon.
Chandrayaan-2 launched: India launches Moon mission
Here's the first image we have of the launch of Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. India's Moon mission took off at around 2.45 pm this afternoon to cheers from ISRO scientists. The 'Baahubali' rocket will inject Chandrayaan-2 into Earth's orbit about 16 minutes after take-off.
JUST IN: INDIA LAUNCHES CHANDRAYAAN-2 MISSION TO MOON
In a leap for Indian space scientists, India has launched Chandrayaan-2, its first exploratory mission to the Moon. The GSLVMkIII-M1 took off at 2.43 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Chandrayaan-2 launch in T minus 10 minutes
There are minutes to go for the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India's first exploratory mission to the Moon. The success of Chandrayaan-2 would boost India into an exclusive club of just three nations, including the US, Russia, and China, who have achieved to land a rover on the Moon. It would also boost India's reputation in the space arena.
Chandrayaan-2 launch shortly: ISRO preps for 2.43 pm lift-off
We have less than an hour now for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The filling of Liquid Oxygen in cryogenic stage(C25) of GSLV MkIII-M1 has been completed.
Chandrayaan-2: What is this ‘launch window’ that ISRO is targeting?
The window of opportunity for the launch of India’s first lander mission to the Moon is extremely small — barely a few minutes — and the scientists have very little flexibility in the final minutes before lift-off. Why is this? Since everything in space is in motion, and because there are no straight lines in space flight, a successful launch is a matter of detailed and complex mathematical calculations.
Dark side of the Moon: Chandrayaan-2 is heading for the Moon's south side
Chandrayaan-2, which means 'moon-craft' in Sanskrit, is heading for the south side of the Moon. This is a site where no mission has gone before. This is the part of the Moon which holds the possibility of presence of water. So far, Moon landings have been in areas close to its equator as it receives more sunlight, which is required for solar-powered instruments. If Chandrayaan-2 becomes successful, India will become only the fourth nation to land a rover on the lunar surface after the US, Russia, and China.
Launch of Chandrayaan-2: Three hours to go!
There is just under three hours to go for the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India's mission to the Moon. In case you're just joining us, ISRO second Moon shot is scheduled for 2.43 pm this afternoon. Stay with us as we bring you the latest news and updates!
Chandrayaan-2: Here’s what APJ Abdul Kalam said on India’s lunar mission
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a former aerospace scientist who was widely known as the ‘Missile Man of India’, had given suggestions to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and NASA scientists on Chandrayaan-2 nearly 10 years ago. Here's what he said.
Chandrayaan-2: Surviving days and nights on the moon
The moon has extremes of both hot and cold temperatures. Near the its equator, daytime temperatures reach 120 degrees Celsius, while at night it is about -130 degrees Celsius. So, how do missions survive the lunar night? Virat Markandeya explains.
Why the world’s in a second race to the moon
It is now 50 years from the first landing on July 20, 1969, that humans have finally decided to go back to the moon. The stage is now set again for a race to the moon over the next decade, and, this time, it is likely to be markedly different from the earlier one. In all probability, it will involve multiple participants, be more collaborative than competitive, and will be guided by the overall objective of utilising the resources of the moon, setting up permanent facilities for scientific explorations and using it as a launch pad to take humans deeper into space, Amitabh Sinha writes.
Chandrayaan-2 launch today: A timeline
Here's a quick timeline of dates of ISRO's Rs 100 crore Chandrayaan-2 moon mission:
* 23 days in Earth's orbit
* Seven days to journey to the Moon
* 13 days in lunar orbit
* Lander module to separate from Orbiter on Day 43, or September 2
* September 6: Landing on the Moon
Chandrayaan-2 — Orbiter, Lander and Rover
Chandrayaan-2 is a moon-lander and rover mission. The spacecraft, which will orbit the Moon from 100 kilometres away, is also carrying a Lander and Rover. The Lander will carry the Rover to the surface of the Moon. The Rover will crawl on the surface, at one centimetre per second — eventually to 500 metres — to collect and transmit data back to Earth. Powered by solar panels, both will have an expected mission life of about 14 earth days, by which time the experiments are expected to be terminated.
Chandrayaan-1: What did India's first moon mission accomplish?
Chandrayaan-2, which will be launched today, is an extension of Chandrayaan-1, India's first mission to the moon. It operated for nearly a year between October 2008 and August 2009. During this time, the orbiter helped discover evidence of water molecules on the Moon. Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to investigate the presence of water, as well as fossil footprints, on the Moons which could hold the answers to the origins of the earth and solar system.
EXPLAINED: Why Chandrayaan-2 was aborted last week
Due to a sudden drop in pressure in one of the tanks containing helium gas on the GSLV Mk-III rocket, ISRO decided to abort the Chandrayaan-2 moon mission on July 15. The rocket, which will be launched today, will deliver Chandrayaan-2 in Earth's orbit. This spacecraft consists of three modules — Orbiter, Lander and Rover.
Narrow window for ISRO for launch of Chandrayaan-2 today
Scientists from ISRO have a small window of opportunity to launch Chandrayaan-2 this afternoon. After the mission was deferred on July 15, the next most suitable time was for "barely a couple of minutes" this afternoon. "So, all operations in the run-up to the launch have to be completed with extreme precision. There is no room for any delay,” a former ISRO scientist said.
Chandrayaan-2 launches today at 2.43 pm; stay tuned!
Welcome to our live blog on the launch of Chandrayaan-2, ISRO's mission to the Moon. A 20-hour countdown is underway for lift-off, which is scheduled at 2.34 pm. Follow our live blog through the day for the latest news and updates.