ISRO launches Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota

Andhra Pradesh. India’s rocketcarrying an orbiter, lander and a rover in a stepped up moon mission to uncover lunar secrets launched into space successfully in its second bid from the Sriharikota launch pad on Monday.

The launch, originally slated for the early hours of last Monday, was aborted after a pressure drop in one of the tanks in the upper stage of the rocket.

The Chandrayaan-2, a Rs 978-crore project, is on course to place the country in a niche league of nations populated by the US, Russia and China that have successfully conducted a moon-landing. Beyond that, the lander will touch in the region of the south pole of the moon, an unexplored territory, according to ISRO.

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.

Chandrayaan-II will primarily study the elements on the moon, map its topography through high-resolution pictures, study its minerals and most importantly, confirm sub-surface water/ice presence.

“Advanced synthetic aperture radar in Chandrayaan-2 has the ability to look for water—identify the presence of water rise at depths of a few meters: an important input for sustaining a future human presence on the moon,” said P Sreekumar, Director-SSPO, ISRO, in an official video from the space research organisation.

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