The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at its aforementioned time at 2.43 PM on Monday.
After the launch of 3850-kg Chandrayaan-2 got cancelled a week before on July 15 due to a technical snag, India’s indigenous satellite this time was launched with the help of 640-tonne powerful launch vehicle Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV Mk-III) nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ without any interruption.
India’s second lunar exploratory mission is destined to land on the Moon’s surface on September 7, 48 days after its launch date.
The lander and the rover of the GSLV Mk-III will make ‘soft landing’ on the moon’s surface. India is the fourth such country after US, Russia and China to attempt for successful landing on the far side of the moon.
The lander and rover will be operational for 14 days on the moon’s surface to study the presence of water on the dark side or South Pole of the moon’s surface, while the Orbiter in the rocket will orbit the moon for a year to take its images of surface and study its atmosphere.