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ISRO Launches Chandrayaan-2 From Sriharikota
The 20-hour countdown for the launch of India's moon mission Chandrayaan-2 began Sunday evening at 6.43 pm.
Chandrayaan-2's Second Launch Attempt At 2:43 pm Today
New Delhi: ISRO successfully launched Chandrayaan-2, India's ambitious Rs. 1,000-crore moon mission. The launch took place at 2.43 pm, after the initial lift-off was aborted on July 15 after a technical glitch.
In tweets, ISRO or Indian Space Research Organisation said it had completed the filling of UH25 fuel in the liquid core stage of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (GSLV Mk 3) rocket, nicknamed 'Baahubali'.
The launch will take place in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.
The success of Chandrayaan-2 mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.
The mission was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before its launch last Monday after a technical snag was discovered in the unmanned launch vehicle system. ISRO said the decision was taken "as a measure of abundant precaution".
"The problem was serious, but simple to resolve. Luckily, we caught the problem. Alertness, prayers and the good wishes of one billion Indians helped avert the mission's total failure," the official said.
An issue emerged in the critical cryogenic stage, which is the last stage space vehicles enter just before launch.
'Baahubali', a 640-tonne rocket, is 44 metres long or as tall as a 15-storey building.
The rocket will propel into space an orbiter, a lander 'Vikram' (named after ISRO founder and eminent Indian scientist Vikram Sarabhai) and a moon rover 'Pragyaan'.
A soft landing on the moon, or as ISRO chairman K Sivan terms it, the "fifteen minutes of terror", will then be attempted, after which the rover will carry out research, including a thorough mapping of the moon's resources, looking for the presence of water on the moon and clicking high resolution images as well.
The Chandrayaan-2 has been called the "most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO".
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