Sriharikota: Country’s ambitious Moon Mission Chandrayaan 2 has lifted off from its launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:43 pm today.
The giant heavy-lift rocket carrying India’s moon mission Chandrayaan 2 was launched successfully after 20-hour countdown. The mission was aborted 56 minutes before lift-off a week ago.
The scientists at the ISRO control room closely watched the rocket as it gained speed and headed towards the outer atmosphere. According to media reports, this was propelled by the massive thrust from the powerful 640-tonne ‘Baahubali’ rocket.
ISRO Chairman , K Sivan has called Chandrayaan 2 the “most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO”.
ISRO sources said the GSLV Mark 3 – ISRO’s largest and most powerful rocket – is 44 metres long which is equivalent to the height of a 15-storey building. The 20-hour countdown has began on Sunday evening at 6.43 pm.
The success of Chandrayaan 2 mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.
According to a senior ISRO official the technical snag was rectified to make the Chandrayaan 2 a grand success. The official said the problem was serious, but it was resolved at the earliest. The scientist could detect the fault at the earliest, the official added.
After soft landing on the moon, it will carry out research, including a thorough mapping of the moon’s resources, looking for the presence of water on the moon and clicking high resolution images as well.