Chandrayaan-2 launch highlights: Isro chief hails historic day for India

PM Narendra Modi in his office in New Delhi watches scientists at Isro's mission control room during the launch of Chandrayaan-2.
India successfully launched its second mission to the moon on Monday, a week after a technical snag forced the country's space mission to postpone the attempt.

"We bounced back in flying colours after the earlier technical snag. Success is coming after a hollow," said Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), about the mission called Chandrayaan-2.

If successful, the mission will allow Isro scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon's south pole, unexplored by any other nation before.

Here are highlights from our live coverage of Chandrayaan-2 launch.


5:12 PM IST China, Russia and the United States are the only other nations to have sent missions to the moon. If successful, the less-than Rs 1000 crore mission will allow Isro scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon's south pole, unexplored by any other nation before. The space agency suspects the south pole region of the moon contains water in the form of ice as well as craters that could reveal fossilized information about the early solar system, reports Reuters.

4:54 PM IST September 18, 2008 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approves the Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission Launch - July ​22, 2019 Landing on the moon - September 6​/7​, 2019 Scientific experiment on moon one lunar day (14 earth days) Orbital Experiment - Will be operational for one year​  

4:18 PM IST India’s space agency @isro has successfully launched their second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2. https://t.co/ynSOVQggdW — Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) July 22, 2019

4:04 PM IST India plans to send a mission to study the sun next year, another to Venus three years later, and eventually establish its own space station. It is also working on a $1.4 billion Gaganyaan mission, which aims to put three Indian “gaganauts” -- at least one of which will be a woman -- into orbit. The nation, which sent an orbiter to Mars at about a 10th of the cost of NASA’s Maven probe, launched a record 104 satellites in 2017, reports Bloomberg.

3:38 PM IST #Chandrayaan2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the south pole region of lunar terrain which is not explored and sampled by any past mission. This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2019

3:37 PM IST The launch of Chandrayaan-2 illustrates the "prowess" of India's scientists and the "determination" of its citizens, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

3:34 PM IST Isro's satellite team will undertake 15 "crucial maneuvers” on Chandrayaan-2 in the next 1.5 months: Sivan. "The mantle is given to the satellite team."

3:30 PM IST For the past 1.5 years the satellite team burned the "midnight oil" to realise the launch of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft: Space mission chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan

3:19 PM IST Speaker Om Birla announces launch of Chandrayaan-2 to the Lok Sabha. Vice president Venkaiah Naidu makes the announcement in the Rajya Sabha.

3:13 PM IST Chandrayaan-2 launch is "excellent". Isro team will make sure Indian flag flies high: Space mission chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan

3:09 PM IST Isro chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan says Chandrayaan-2 has been launched successfully. "Isro has bounced back with flying colours after serious technical snag,” says Sivan, referring to the last-minute rescheduling of the Moon mission on July 15. 

3:00 PM IST L-110 ignites and the S200 rockets separate from the main rocket WATCH: L-110 ignites and the S200 rockets separate from the main rocket. #Chandrayaan2 #ISRO pic.twitter.com/q8D85SPfG2 — ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019

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India joins elite space club

China, Russia and the United States are the only other nations to have sent missions to the moon. If successful, the less-than Rs 1000 crore mission will allow Isro scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon's south pole, unexplored by any other nation before. The space agency suspects the south pole region of the moon contains water in the form of ice as well as craters that could reveal fossilized information about the early solar system, reports Reuters.

​Short timeline of the Chandrayaan-2 mission:

September 18, 2008 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approves the Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission
Launch - July ​22, 2019
Landing on the moon - September 6​/7​, 2019
Scientific experiment on moon one lunar day (14 earth days)
Orbital Experiment - Will be operational for one year​
 

#Chandrayaan2 is the top Twitter trend in India

India's space mission aims beyond the Moon

India plans to send a mission to study the sun next year, another to Venus three years later, and eventually establish its own space station. It is also working on a $1.4 billion Gaganyaan mission, which aims to put three Indian “gaganauts” -- at least one of which will be a woman -- into orbit. The nation, which sent an orbiter to Mars at about a 10th of the cost of NASA’s Maven probe, launched a record 104 satellites in 2017, reports Bloomberg.

Narendra Modi hails launch of Moon mission

The launch of Chandrayaan-2 illustrates the "prowess" of India's scientists and the "determination" of its citizens, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

'Mantle now with Isro's satellite team'

Isro's satellite team will undertake 15 "crucial maneuvers” on Chandrayaan-2 in the next 1.5 months: Sivan. "The mantle is given to the satellite team."

Isro burned the midnight oil: Sivan

For the past 1.5 years the satellite team burned the "midnight oil" to realise the launch of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft: Space mission chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Parliament gets news of Moon mission launch

Speaker Om Birla announces launch of Chandrayaan-2 to the Lok Sabha. Vice president Venkaiah Naidu makes the announcement in the Rajya Sabha.

Indian flag flies high: Isro

Chandrayaan-2 launch is "excellent". Isro team will make sure Indian flag flies high: Space mission chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Isro chief says launch successful

Isro chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan says Chandrayaan-2 has been launched successfully. "Isro has bounced back with flying colours after serious technical snag,” says Sivan, referring to the last-minute rescheduling of the Moon mission on July 15. 
L-110 ignites and the S200 rockets separate from the main rocket


India's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III, nicknamed 'Bahubali', lifted off successfully from Sriharikota on July 22. The rocket, which is carrying the Chandrayaan-2 mission, was originally planned to lift off on July 15. 

Chandrayaan-2: Isro's moon mission launched from Sriharikota

Chandrayaan-2: India's journey to the moon begins

ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota


Experts say Chandrayaan-2 delay on July 15 was pre-emptive, mission not a failure

The launch of India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, was called off on July 15. 
 
"While it is speculative to comment on the nature of the snag, the GSLV on-board systems worked well to detect it in time, before launch, proving it is a robust launch vehicle. Prevention is better than loss and the decision to postpone the launch was correct. India has invested considerable time and resources on Chandrayaan-2 and we cannot take any chances in such a momentous mission," said Ratan Shrivastava, an Independent Aerospace & Defence consultant, ex Advisor, Space Division, Ficci and ex-Practice Director, Aerospace & Defence Consulting, Frost & Sullivan (Asia–Pacific).

Here's different view of GSLVMkIII-M1


Chandrayaan-2: Do you know what is the distance of Moon from Earth?

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Chandrayaan-2: Less than two hours to go for the launch

Chandrayaan-2: 7,500 people register online to witness rocket launch

A total of 7,500 persons have registered online with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to watch India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) roaring towards the skies carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on Monday afternoon, it is learnt.
 
People from various places have registered to witness the launch.
 
"A total of 7,500 people have registered online to witness the rocket's launch," an ISRO official told IANS.
 
The ISRO decided to allow general public to witness the launch recently. A gallery has been built for the purpose. Though the gallery capacity is about 10,000 people, ISRO plans to increase the number of viewers in a gradual manner.

Chandrayaan-2: People in Kanpur offer prayers for mission's success

Some locals of Kanpur on Monday morning offered prayers at a temple here for the mission's success.
 
On the first Monday of Sawan (Shravan), the fifth month of Hindu calendar, which is considered as auspicious and celebrated widely across North India, people performed Puja at the Vameshwar Mahadeo temple offering milk, water and garlands to the deity. Seen alongside were banners and posters of ISRO and Chandrayaan-2 and the Indian flag in the backdrop.
 
"Chandrayaan-2 will become a milestone in India's glorious history. We are offering prayers for its successful launch," Nikhil Gupta, a Kanpur resident said.
 
Another resident Prabhat Trivedi said, "We are excited about the mission since the entire technology is indigenous. The world is looking at India today. We are happy and pray to Baba that the mission becomes successful."

Chandrayaan-2: Filling of liquid oxygen in Cryogenic stage(C25) of GSLV MkIII-M1 commenced.


GSLV-Mk III (nicknamed Bahubali) will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2

GSLV-Mk III--nicknamed Bahubali-- will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2. After 16-minutes into its flight, the rocket will sling Chandrayaan-2 into an orbit for moon. From there Chandrayaan-2 will travel for nearly 3.844 lakh km carrying the lander and orbiter.

Chandrayaan-2 will launch at 2:43pm

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch Chandrayaan-2 at 2:43 pm today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.