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Chandrayaan-2 launches successful

GSLV-MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off successfully

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Chandrayaan-2 launches successful, GSLV-MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off successfully, Its Journey Explained in 5 Simple Steps. Chandrayaan 2, India's high-profile lunar mission, lifted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today. The launch of Chandrayaan 2 was aborted last week after a technical glitch was discovered.

Chandrayaan-2, the Rs 978 crore mission to the moon, marks a great leap for India and establishes it as a space power. India now becomes only the fourth country to have landed a rover on moon. Billed as the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the ISRO since its inception, Chandrayaan 2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface after Russia, the United States and China.

It will inject the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into Earth orbit, about 16 minutes later, marking the first phase of the ambitious mission that will take about 48 days to land on the moon surface. With Chandrayaan-2, in which home grown technology is deployed, scientists aim to expand India's footprint in space, shed light on unexplored section of Moon -- the South Pole region, enhance knowledge about space, stimulate advancement of technology and promote global alliances.

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.

The target is find more evidence of water, clues about the moon’s evolution and work the natural satellite as a test bed for more space missions concerning the solar system. For the first 17 days from lift-off, the spacecraft will be in Earth-bound phase before its orbit is finally raised to over 1.05 lakh km.

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