The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its second mission Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday at 2.43 pm.
However, this is the second attempt at launch. The first attempt was called off on July 15 due to the technical glitch.
After the successful GSLVMkIII-M1 injects Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into earth orbit , Indian Space Research Organisation Chief K Sivan and other scientists celebrate.
Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation Chief K Sivan and other scientists celebrate after GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into earth orbit pic.twitter.com/WQggk6GMTX— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft-land Vikram and Pragyan in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70° south.
On Sunday, ISRO chief K Sivan told that India’s second lunar landing mission will perform 15 crucial manoeuvres in the days to come. Also, all the technical issues have been rectified that caused the delay in the launch.
He also added that the spacecraft will be landing on the moon very slowly.
ISRO chief also said, "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."
Chandrayaan-2 launched onboard ISRO’s most powerful launcher, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) weight 640-tonne rocket. Measuring 44 metres in height, the launcher of Chandrayaan-2 has been nicknamed ‘Bahubali’.
Interestingly, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is being led by two women. Muthayya Vanitha is responsible for the entire project, from start to finish. While Ritu Karidhal, the mission director, who will coordinate Chandrayaan-2 when the satellite is injected into orbit.