ISRO launched Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, 2019. It will send an orbiter, lander, and rover to explore the south pole of the Moon. Chandrayaan-2 is launched with powerful rocket GSLV-MKIII-M1 from the spaceport at Sriharikota. This mission costs around Rs. 978 crores. India will be the fourth country to have landed a rover on the Moon.
Just after 16 minutes of flight, the rocket injected into orbit. After entering into orbit it comprises into three segments. The Orbiter, The Leader and, The Rover. Now it will take 48 days to reach the Moon. The total payload of Chandrayaan-2 is 3.8 tones.
Originally the leader is planned to land on Moon after 54 days of rocket launch but will now do in 48 days. This mission was planned to launch on July 15 but due to some technical issue, ISRO aborted the mission.
After the launch, ISRO’s Chairman Mr K. Sivan said in the press conference:-
“I’m extremely happy to announce that the GSLV-Mk III-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into Earth orbit. It is the beginning of a historic journey for India towards the moon and to land at a place near the South Pole to carry out scientific experiments. I salute to all those involved in the launch of Chandrayaan-2.”
Some Famous Tweets about Chandrayaan-2
ISRO Tweeted:- Less than an hour to go! #Chandrayaan2 #GSLVMkIII #ISRO Watch the live telecast from 2:15 PM IST on our website bit.ly/2y1WCMt and DD National. Live streaming also available on Youtube: bit.ly/2LZr3v4, Facebook: bit.ly/2EFxYEw
Narendra Modi Tweeted:- Efforts such as #Chandrayaan2 will further encourage our bright youngsters towards science, top-quality research, and innovation. Thanks to Chandrayaan, India’s Lunar Programme will get a substantial boost. Our existing knowledge of the Moon will be significantly enhanced.