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Chandrayaan 2 Successfully Launched Into Earth’s Orbit

The rocket carrying India's lunar probe lifted off from Sriharikota at 2:43 pm.

Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon mission, was successfully launched into Earth’s orbit on Monday July 22, a week after it was aborted due to a technical snag.

The giant heavy-lift rocket GSLV MkIII-M1, Bahubali, lifted off from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 2:43 pm. On July 15, the mission had suffered a setback as the launch had to be aborted barely an hour before it was scheduled.

Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan said after the launch, “I am extremely happy to announce that GSLV Mark 3 successfully injected the Chandrayaan 2 into orbit… It is the beginning of a historical journey for India… We fixed a serious technical snag and ISRO bounced back with flying colours.”

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(Photo: Twitter/@isro)

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If all goes well, the probe is expected to make a soft landing on the moon on September 6. This would make India the fourth nation in the world after the United States, Russia and China, to do so.

The aim of the unmanned mission is to the study the moon’s surface and atmosphere, including analysing the moon’s crust for signs of helium-3, an isotope that is rare on earth but has the potential to meet growing energy needs of the planet. 

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