ISRO releases stunning photos of the Chandrayaan 2 launch:
PM Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO and the nation for the historic achievement of launching Chandrayaan 2.
Visuals of PM Modi during the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2.
ISRO Chief gives a speech after the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2.
""Extremely happy to announce that the GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit. It is the beginning of a historic journey of India towards moon and to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments," he said.
Chandrayaan 2 is in geostationary orbit.
ISRO receives first signal from Chandrayaan 2.
Chandrayaan 2 blasts off from Sriharikota.
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Chandrayaan 2 mission is successful. The GSLVMkIII-M1 has successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into earth orbit. Visuals below:
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Visitors throng at Satish Dhawan Space Centre as India countdowns to Chandrayaan 2 mission.
ISRO updates on the mission. On the wee hours of D-day, it said that the filling of N204 for the liquid core stage (L110) has been completed.
Fuel filling in core stage completed:
Launch Countdown for Chandrayaan 2 begins:
ISRO is set to launch its moon mission Chandrayaan-2, at the scheduled time of 2:43 PM on July 22. This moon-lander and rover mission proves that India is taking lead in space exploration as its mission aims to investigate the unexplored south pole of the moon. With Chandrayaan-2 India aims at the soft landing on the Moon. If successful, it will be the fourth country after US, Russia and China to do so.
ISRO had previously attempted a launch on July 15 but had to be called off due to technical snag observed in the launch vehicle system at T-56 minutes.
ISRO is undertaking an ambitious moon mission.ISRO has been quoted saying that the Moon is the closest cosmic body at which space discovery can be attempted and documented. With Chandrayaan 2, ISRO says that it attempts to foster a new age of discovery, increase our understanding of space, stimulate the advancement of technology, promote global alliances, and inspire a future generation of explorers and scientists.
Chandrayaan 2 is an Indian lunar mission that will boldly go where no country has ever gone before — the Moon's south polar region, as explained by ISRO. With this achievement, India becomes the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to land a probe on the lunar surface. India's Rs.960 crore lunar rocket 'Chandrayaan 2' is all set and currently prepping for its journey to the south pole of the moon, launching at 2:43 PM on July 22 from ISRO's launch base - Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO says that Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft-land on the Moon's surface, the aim is to make lander -Vikram and rover- Pragyan in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70° south.
Chandrayaan 2 has two main components - Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) 'Bahubali' rocket and the Lunar module (orbiter, Lander 'Vikram' and rover 'Pragyan').
India's first spacecraft orbiting around the Moon at a height of 100 km from the lunar surface for to do chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic mapping of the Moon. The spacecraft carried 11 scientific instruments built in India, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, and Bulgaria. The satellite made more than 3400 orbits around the moon and the mission was concluded when the communication with the spacecraft was lost on August 29, 2009.