India’s 2nd moon mission Chandrayaan-2 successfully launched by ISRO
ISRO on Monday successfully launched 'Chandrayaan-2', India's second Moon mission and the world's first-ever mission aimed towards a soft landing on the Moon's south polar region.
India's most powerful launcher GSLV MkIII-M1 was assigned to carry Chandrayaan-2 to its designated orbit. Chandrayaan-2's lander 'Vikram' will execute the soft landing on the Moon and 'Pragyan' rover will communicate with it.
"Indian at heart, Indian in spirit! What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that #Chandrayaan2 is a fully indigenous mission. It will have an Orbiter for remote sensing the Moon and also a Lander-Rover module for analysis of lunar surface," tweeted Narendra Modi congratulating ISRO scientists.
As of today, ISRO has finished trying to discover what can go wrong and is ready to demonstrate what can go right with the GSLV Mk III rocket. Formerly, The Indian Space Research Organisation called off the launch on July 15th of India's second Moon mission 'Chandrayaan 2' for today "as a measure of abundant precaution" after a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute.
The approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan-2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that's 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.