SRIHARIKOTA:Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched India’s second mission to the Moon at 2.43 pm today (July 22). The Chandrayaan-2, which will go the Moon’s south-polar region, aims to explore its surface for the signs of water and possibly new origins of energy. The Rs 978-crore Moon mission was launched from the second launch-pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh.The spacecraft has entered the Earth’s orbit, where it will stay for 23 days before it begins a series of manoeuvres that will take it into lunar orbit.If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface. Only the former Soviet Union, the US and China have been able to do so.ISRO chief Dr K Sivan said, “After a technical snag, we bounced back with flying colours.”The US embassy tweeted to congratulate India after the Chandrayaan-2 lift off on Monday.Prime Minister Modi said, “Every Indian is immensely proud today,” adding “the launch of Chandrayaan-2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science.”“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,” said ISRO chief K Sivan.
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