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Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon mission successfully launched

India on Monday successfully launched its second moon mission, Chandrayaan 2, from Sriharikota. The mission, which seeks to explore the unchartered lunar south pole by landing a rover, was launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV-Mk0III-M1.

Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon mission successfully launched

The mission was scheduled to be launched last week but its launch had to be aborted due to a technical snag. Chandrayaan 2 is expected to land on the moon 48 days from today.

The Rs 983 crore mission comes 11 years after the Indian Space Research Organisation’s successful first lunar mission, Chandrayaan 1. On that occasion, Chandrayaan 2 had made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon and was operational for 312 days till 29 August, 2009.

“A total of 7,500 people have registered online” with the space agency to watch India’s heavy-lift rocket GSLV-Mk III roaring towards the skies carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on Monday afternoon, an ISRO official told news agency IANS.

Minutes before the launch, the ISRO tweeted a video outlining interesting facts related to the moon.

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