ISRO successfully accomplished the Chandrayaan-2 Launch yesterday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, or SDSC, in Sriharikota, Chennai. With the Chandrayaan-1 sequel, India has created history. The prime objective of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) rocket is to explore the Moon’s south polar region. This will further be scripted in history as no nation has done this before. The Chandrayaan-2 will spend 23 days in the Earth’s orbit.
The lunar mission would see the lander and rover make a soft-landing on the Moon 48 days from now, on September 7 to be exact. This is ISRO’s second attempt to thrust the GSLV-MkIII-M1 vehicle to the Earth’s orbit as the first attempt faced a technical snag. The second attempt was conducted with extreme caution even though the scientists at ISRO had a window of only a few minutes to launch the Chandrayaan-2. The rocket will have to cover 384,400 kilometers of the journey to successfully reach the Moon.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted saying kind words about the launch.
Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history!
The launch of #Chandrayaan2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science.
Every Indian is immensely proud today! pic.twitter.com/v1ETFneij0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2019
PM, who was monitoring the launch said, “What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that Chandrayaan-2 is a fully indigenous mission. It will have an Orbiter for remote sensing the Moon and also a Lander-Rover module for analysis of the lunar surface. Chandrayaan-2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the south pole region of lunar terrain which is not explored and sampled by any past mission. This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon.”
Meanwhile, reactions from the International Media are pouring in. Take a look at what they had to say:
- CNN: CNN’s Helen Regan and Manveena Suri said, “The country’s latest lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, which means “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state at 2:43 p.m., Monday local time (5:13 a.m. ET).”
- New York Times (NYT): India Launches Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission on Second Try.
- Al Jazeera: India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 gets off the ground.
- The Independent: India launches the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon after calling off the previous attempt.
- The Guardian: India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission lifts off a week after aborted launch.
- BBC: Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission.
India is the fourth nation to land on the Moon after the US, China, and Russia to land on the Moon.