India is all set to become only the fourth country in the world to soft land on the moon with the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-2 mission on Monday. One of the other three countries, the United States of America, also acknowledged the Indian Space Research Organisation's achievement. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) not just congratulated their Indian counterpart, but also promised full support in its mission. The agency also expressed its eagerness to know what Chandrayaan-2 will study about the yet unexplored lunar South Pole, something it will be keen on using for their Artemis mission.
A few hours after Chandrayaan-2 launch created a celebratory atmosphere across the country, the official Twitter handle of the NASA posted, “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.”
Chandrayaan 2 launch:
Chandrayaan-2's rocket lifted off at the scheduled time of 2:43 PM on July 22. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 3, 84,000 km. Vikram lander will land on Moon on the 48th day of the mission starting from Monday approximately on September 9. 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 the US, Russia, and China to do so.
Celebrating the successful launch of India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the successful injection of its indigenous GSLV MK-III rocket- 'Bahubali' into the Earth Orbit.