Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, called the launch a special moment that will be etched in the annals of India's glorious history.

The prowess of our scientists India hails successful launch of Chandrayaan-2
news Chandrayaan-2 Monday, July 22, 2019 - 15:52

On Monday at 2.43 pm, Chandrayaan-2, India's most ambitious lunar mission to date, lifted off successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.  it will the first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the moon's South Polar region. It is also the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology. Space enthusiasts say this is one of the most complex missions till date even by ISRO’s standards, which had captured the world’s attention by launching 104 satellites in one go. 

Shortly after the launch, congratulations and praise poured in for the scientists and the team behind the moon mission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, called the launch a special moment that will be etched in the annals of the country's glorious history.

“Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history! The launch of #Chandrayaan2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science. Every Indian is immensely proud today!” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Ministers, leaders across political parties and celebrities took to Twitter to congratulate scientists of ISRO on the successful launch of the mission.

The mission will go down in textbooks for a bevvy of reasons: This is India’s first complex robotic mission to space; the first space mission to be entirely headed by women; first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the moon's South Polar region. Chandrayaan-2’s most spectacular selling point is that it cost less than a Hollywood movie. While Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar was made on a budget of $165 million (close to Rs 1,062 crore), this lunar mission was made at a cost of Rs 978 crore. Of this, Rs 603 crore went into the orbiter, lander, rover, navigation and ground support network and Rs 375 crore into the heavy rocket – Geo-stationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with an indigenous cryogenic engine.

 

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