Chandrayaan 2, India’s high-profile lunar mission, lifted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today. The launch of Chandrayaan 2 was aborted last week after a technical glitch was discovered. The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan 2, a three-component spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander, and rover, will explore the unchartered lunar south pole. The mission comes 11 years after ISRO’s successful first lunar mission Chandrayaan 1 that made history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009.
Chandrayaan-2’s success will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon. ISRO’s budget is less than 20 times that of USA’s NASA. The success of the mission would be a giant boost for India’s space plans.
The mission was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before its launch last week after a technical snag was discovered in the unmanned launch vehicle system. The glitch was with the critical cryogenic stage, the last such stage space vehicles enter just before they are about to launch.
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“The result has been mind-boggling. I am happy that we have been able to identify the root cause of the snag. This task was possible only due to the hard work of the ISRO staff. they worked tirelessly,” Mr. Sivan said.
Chandrayaan 2 lifts off from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
The average distance between the Earth and Moon
The average distance is 3, 84, 000 km. Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander will land on Moon on the 48th day of the mission.
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