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Successful launch of Chandrayaan-2: India over the moon

With the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 India on Monday scripted history. Chandrayaan-2 lifted off at 2.43 pm from the second launchpad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. 

The mission was carried by the GSLV MK-III dubbed as ‘BAAHUBALI’. 

After Monday’s launch, the 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, comprising an orbiter, lander and rover, will undergo 15 crucial manoeuvres before landing on the Moon, expected by the first week of September. 

The mission will make India the fourth nation after, US, Russia and China to make a soft landing on Moon Surface. 

The objectives of India’s second expedition to the moon using Chandrayaan-2 include studying mineralogy and chemical composition of lunar soil, to search for water or ice in the near-South Pole of the moon, examining its atmosphere, studying lunar seismic activities and to carry out mapping of the moon using high-resolution cameras.

Soon after the successful launch, ISRO Chairman K Sivan announced the injecting of the satellite into the desired orbit. He expressed happiness over the achievement and also congratulated those behind the success.