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Aiming for the moon, ISRO launched Chandrayaan 2 at 2.43 pm today

Aiming for the moon, ISRO to launch Chandrayaan 2 at 2.43 pm today

ISRO  launched Chandrayaan 2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, today at 2.43 pm.

With the launch, the 978 crore Chandrayaan 2 project marks India joining the bandwagon of nations, successfully landing spacecraft on the moon, namely the US, Russia and China.

The GSLV MkIII has been recognized as India’s most powerful launcher to this date and fabricated indigenously. As many as 7,500 people have registered online with ISRO to witness the grand launch of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Vehicle Mark-III hitching its wagon to the skies, carrying the spacecraft.

With the launch rehearsal completed successfully, it is noteworthy to commend precise on-ground efforts of Indian Space Agency to ensure a smooth and soft landing of the moon lander Vikram on the rough surface of the moon.

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In this regard, artificial moon surfaces were created out of Salem soil at Challakere, a site similar to where lander Vikram will actually rest.

The lander’s instruments comprise of an instrument to check for seismic activities and moonquakes, thermophysical experiment to examine the thermal properties of moon’s surface and radio anatomy of Moon bound ionosphere to decipher the plasma density of the surface.

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According to K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization, the unmanned lunar mission targeted to about 600 km from the South Pole of the moon will be a resounding success as technical snag occurring this week has been rectified. It will also be the first time a mission touches down so far from the equator.

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Furthermore, the soft landing will take at a point where no spacecraft has landed before and will occur in two phases. Thus, all scientific findings will be new. The moon landing is planned to be accomplished by September 7.

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