Sriharikota: Making history, India launched its second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 on Monday at 2.43pm.
The mission seeks to explore the unchartered Lunar south pole. India’s most powerful rocket GSLV-Mk0III-M1 is carrying a landing rover which will make a soft landing on the surface of the moon in the first week of September.
The launch comes a week after the first attempt for lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag.
The Rs 978-crore mission, which has been rescheduled for Monday after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, was launched 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, had 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.
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.
On the eve of the launch, ISRO chairman K Sivan said all preparations were on and the glitch had been rectified.