After much-anticipation, ISRO's Moon Mission Chandrayaan 2 on Monday was successfully launched from the Sriharikota space station at exactly 2:43. Speaking at the occasion from the Sriharikota space station, a visibly relieved ISRO chief K Sivan announced the success of the historic mission. He said that it is the beginning of the historical journey of India's lunar mission in order to explore the unexplored. Chandrayaan 2 has taken off aboard the most powerful GSLV-Mk-III rocket named ‘Baahubali’.
"I'm extremely happy to announce that the GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into the defined Earth Orbit. It is the beginning of a historic journey of India towards moon and to land at a place near the South Pole to carry out scientific experiments to explore the unexplored," the ISRO chief said.
Mr Sivan further elaborated on how the ISRO scientists bounced back after the technical snag due to which ISRO's launch had to be called off on July 15. He said that the technical snag was not identified within due time, it was fixed within 24 hours.
"After a serious technical snag and we fixed the technical snag, ISRO bounced back with flying colours. Immediately after the technical snag observed in an intelligent way, the entire ISRO team synced in action. In fact, in the next 24 hours, the work done here was mind-boggling. Identifying the technical snag, correcting it, everything happened in 24 hours. The required tests were conducted in the next 1.5 days," he added.
There will be 15 "very crucial manoeuvres" in the next one and half months before the satellite is brought around the moon, he added in his post-launch address from the mission control centre.
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After the successful launch of India's Moon Mission into space, the ISRO chief and other scientists celebrated at the space center. Watch here
At around 3:07 PM, few minutes after the launch, the GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit.
Chandrayaan-2, a three-component spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander and a rover, will undergo 15 crucial manoeuvres before landing on the Moon, which is expected to take place by the first week of September.