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Chandrayaan 2: India is over the moon!

Chandrayaan 2: India is over the moon!

July 24th, 2019

India is on its way to create history and this time it is literally out of the realms of this Earth! The Chandrayaan 2 launched off at T minus zero at 14:43 IST on the 23rd of July, 2019 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, carrying with it a billion dreams and more.

There has been a lot of buzz around this space mission, but why? Well let’s begin with the basics.

Chandrayaan 2: India is over the moon!

What sets the Chandrayaan 2 space mission apart?

No spacecraft has ever treaded the South Pole of the moon and our very own Chandrayaan is all set to do. And that’s not all, the successful launch of the mission marks the launch of a purely indigenous spacecraft of India into space for the first time!

Chandrayaan 2: India is over the moon!

If you thought that was it, then hit the pause button right there…there’s so much more. You might be surprised to know that of all the countries in the world, if this spacecraft touches down successfully on the moon (fingers crossed) then India will become the 4th country to do so, after the USA, Russia and China. Okay, and guess what, this is the first space mission to be headed by two women, M Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal. No one is undermining the efforts of the hundreds of people working behind it, but kudos to these women ’cause we all know it’s not easy in a man’s world.

Chandrayaan 2: India is over the moon!

ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 is unmanned. So what does it have?

The GSLV Mk-III rocket also nicknamed as the Bahubali was used to launch the spacecraft and it is carrying with it a lander Vikram, a rover Pragyaan and an orbiter.

What is the Chandrayaan 2’s mission? The lander is to separate from the orbiter and touch down on the South pole of the moon on the 7th of September this year. Once on the moon, the rover will separate itself from the lander and go about collecting samples all the while searching for sources of water. The lander has been programmed to measure moonquakes and if it can successfully then it will prove to be immensely helpful for space studies across the world.

The Chandrayaan 2 was set to launch on the 15th of July, but due to some technical glitches, it had to be postponed, because it is better to be late than be sorry! 50 years after man had first set foot on the moon, Chandrayaan 2 is all set to step into an unexplored part of Earth’s only known satellite.

A lot is riding on the success of the Chandrayaan 2. India has plans of launching Gaganyaan a couple of years later, which will be a manned mission, but it mostly depends on how Chandrayaan 2 performs! Let’s hope for all the best while our dreams rest “up above the world so high”!