India Launches Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission

India Launches Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission

The launch will be live-streamed by ISRO itself.

If successful, $146-million mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon's south pole, which has so far remained unexplored by any other nation.

Only the former Soviet Union, the United States and China have made a soft landing on the Moon's surface before - India will become the fourth country to do so if this mission is successful. Later reports from Indian media state that a pressure drop in the upper stage of the 44-metre-tall rocket due to a helium leak, which would have resulted in a loss of required thrust.

As per the July 15 flight schedule, Chandrayaan-2's earth bound phase was 17 days and it has now been revised to 23 days as per the new schedule.


The Congress' attempt on Monday to claim credit for the successful launch of India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 by highlighting the role of its two prime ministers, including Jawaharlal Nehru, triggered a row with the BJP accusing the opposition party of politicising the event through its "demeaning" remarks. It will take around 47 days of travel before landing on the moon in September. He said the mission aims to land on the moon's south pole, which is believed to host reservoirs of ice that could be used for rocket fuel. Roscosmos left the Chandrayaan-2 project after the failure of its mission to the Martian moon of Phobos.

From here, it will be a long, over a one-and-a-half-month journey for Chandrayaan-2 as it will traverse the 384,400 km that separate Earth and its sole satellite. Its eight payloads include a Terrain Mapping Camera, which will produce a 3D map for studying lunar mineralogy and geology, an X-ray spectrometer, solar X-ray monitor, imaging spectrometer and a high-resolution camera. One part is a lunar orbiter, there is a landing module and a lunar rover. The first mission, Chandrayaan-1, was launched in October 2008.

Isro officials said since the problem was minimal, the snag was easy to resolve, while asserting that had the mission not been aborted it could have lead to a huge loss.

Students wave Indian national flags as Chandrayaan-2 launches.


Earlier this year, Israel's first Moon mission crash-landed while attempting to touch down.

India's space agency recently signed an agreement with Russian Federation to train its astronauts for the mission, according to the Times of India. In 2014, India became the first country to reach Mars on its first attempt, catapulting the nation to a new place among elite space explorers.

The mission will go down in textbooks for a bevvy of reasons: This is India's first complex robotic mission to space; the first space mission to be entirely headed by women; first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the moon's South Polar region.


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