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ISRO successfully launches Chandrayaan 2 today

India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 seeking to explore the unchartered Lunar south pole by landing a rover will be launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV-Mk0III-M1 from here Monday, a week after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag.

The Rs 978 crore mission, which has been rescheduled for today after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, will be launched at 2.43 p.m from the second launchpad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, over 100 km from Chennai.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists, who aborted the previous launch with 56 minutes left for the countdown to end on July 15, have taken quick remedial action based on an analysis carried out by a team set up to look into the snag and announced the rescheduled launch three days ago.


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Every Indian is immensely proud today: PM Modi on Chandrayaan 2 launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended ISRO scientists work on the successful launch Chandrayaan 2 and said that every Indian is immensely proud today.

“Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history! The launch of Chandrayaan 2 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!”, he wrote on Twitter.

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GSLV rocket carrying India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off

India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 aimed at landing a rover on unchartered Lunar South Pole was launched on Monday onboard the country’s most powerful geosynchronous launch vehicle from the spacesport here Monday.

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ISRO chief K Sivan:

I’m extremely happy to announce that the GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit. 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: Isro chief K Sivan

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Around 16 minutes after liftoff Chandrayaan-2 successfully separates from GSLVMkIII


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All parameters of Chandrayaan-2 performing normally: Isro


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GSLVMkIII-M1 lifts-off from Sriharikota

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Isro’s ‘Bahubali’ GSLV-MkIII with Chandrayaan II launched

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This will be the first time in history that India will make a soft landing on the lunar surface. Chandrayaan 2, 11 years after the massive success of Chandrayaan 1, will explore the uncharted South Pole of the Moon.


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Final countdown begins for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 onboard India’s most powerful launch vehicle GSLVMkIII powered by the indigenous cryogenic upper stage


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Watch Chandrayaan 2 launch LIVE


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The spacecraft will carry an orbiter, lander and rover.

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Chandrayaan-2 aims at finding more evidence for the existence of water molecules and study the evolution of the moon and the earth.


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Chandrayaan all set to launch

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Two hours to go. Filling of Liquid Oxygen in Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLVMkIII-M1 completed and filling of Liquid Hydrogen is in progress: ISRO


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ISRO could have challenges landing on the moon

Isro officials have said the challenges involved in the Moon landing were identifying trajectory accurately; taking up deep space communication; trans Lunar injection, orbiting around the moon, taking up soft landing on the moon surface and facing extreme temperatures and vacuum.


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Filling of Liquid Hydrogen for the Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLVMkIII-M1 commenced: Isro

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Chandrayaan 2 took 11 years in the making after Chandrayaan -1

Chandrayaan-2 comes 11 years after ISRO’s successful first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 which scripted history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009.

“Chandrayaan 2 is ready to take a billion dreams to the Moon now stronger than ever before! Join us for the launch on Monday 22 July, 2019 at 2:43 PM IST,” ISRO had tweeted on July 18 while announcing the rescheduled launch.


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A total of 7,500 persons have registered online to watch the launch

“A total of 7,500 persons have registered online with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to watch India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) roaring towards the skies carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on Monday afternoon”.

“People from various places have registered to witness the launch. The Isro decided to allow general public to witness the launch recently. A gallery has been built for the purpose. Though the gallery capacity is about 10,000 people, Isro plans to increase the number of viewers in a gradual manner”, As reported by TOI.


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People gather at Sriharikota to watch the launch of Chandrayaan 2

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Chandrayaan will be covering a distance of about 3.844 lakh km between Earth and Moon before the landing. The main challenge is to make the crucial soft landing on the surface of the Moon.


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Less than 5 hours for the launch: ISRO

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Isro has completed filling the liquid core storage of the GSLV launch vehicle

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Chandrayaan 2 to explore the unseen side of Earth’s satellite.


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Isro chairman K Sivan, who reached Sriharikota on Sunday told reporters at Chennai airport that the mission will be a success.

“Corrective measures have been taken… it took us more than a day to do that after the glitch was discovered, leading to the cancellation of the July 15 launch. I can assure you that there will be no such technical snag this time,” Sivan said.


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According to ISRO, the lunar South Pole is an interesting surface area which remains in shadow than North pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it, the agency said, adding craters in the South Pole region have cold traps and contain fossil record of the early solar system.


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The launch would be witnessed by nearly 5,000 people who will be accommodated at a viewing gallery, located a few kms from the launch pad, thrown open to the public by the ISRO in May last.

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