Chandrayaan-2 in orbit, now focus on Sept 7 moon landing

Chandrayaan-2 in orbit, now focus on Sept 7 moon landing

The successful landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the moon in a few weeks from now will make India the fourth country to do so, he said. An electronic systems engineer, Vanitha was also associated with Isro's Mars mission.

On Monday, Modi tweeted an image of himself following the Chandrayaan-2 event on a television screen and applauding the liftoff.

While national cricket captain, Virat Kohli, described it as "Another historic and proud moment for the nation", actor Akshay Kumar congratulated the organization, saying: "ISRO has yet again accomplished a mammoth feat".

With this breakthrough, SAIL is optimistic of leveraging other aerospace grades of stainless steel for the space launch vehicle components in future.

"There will be 15 terrifying minutes for scientists once the lander is released and is hurled towards the south pole of the Moon", Dr Sivan said prior to the first launch attempt. Chandrayaan-2, loaded with 13 payloads, will do a detailed study of topography, seismography, mineral identification and distribution, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics of top soil and composition of the tenuous lunar atmosphere for a new understanding of the origin and evolution of Moon.

Another interplanetary mission to Venus will be launched in the next 2-3 years, according to Mr. Sivan, who is also the secretary, Department of Space. "The response from the students is tremendous", said Uma Negi, a teacher from educational company Space India which conducts classes at the school. A student at JBM Global, one of India's only high schools offering a curriculum dedicated to space exploration, she had stayed back after school to watch the live-streamed launch in the auditorium.

The rocket GSLV-Mk-III carrying the orbiter, lander Vikram and rover Pragyaan, took off at 14:43 (Indian Standard Time) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast located in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The rocket will take up an orbiter, a lander and a rover, and has been nearly entirely designed and made in India.

India will use a rover to explore the lunar surface for a period of two weeks.

"Chandrayaan-2 has been successfully launched".

India launched its domestic space program 50 years ago and had to develop its own technology and rocket after Western powers levied sanctions in response to a 1974 nuclear weapons test. "The ISRO team deserves special compliments for this".

The satellite successfully ejected from the launch vehicle and entered the Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), or Earth Orbit, confirmed the ISRO.

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