Indian dreams soar with Chandrayaan 2 up in the sky: Why next 44 days are very crucial

New Delhi, July 22: The scientists cheer with jy as the Chandrayaan 2 has lifted off perfectly from Sriharikota; ISRO says performance looks normal...fingers crossed, all eyes on the sky.

Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Sriharikota center. The cryogenic stage has ignited successful, the performance looks normal at this state, says ISRO.

The orbiter will continue revolving around the Moon for a year, performing experiments to study the satellite's outer atmosphere.Next 44 days are very crucial for this ambitious project as in the first week of September, the lander -- named Vikram -- will detach from the orbiter and fly towards the Moon. On or around September 6, Vikram will land near the Moon's south pole, a feat previously not achieved by any other country.

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation Chief K Sivan and other scientists celebrate after GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into Earth orbit."We will ensure India's flag flies high," ISRO chief K Sivan said and added that the rocket's performance was increased by 15 per cent.  

L-10 ignites and the S200 rockets separate from the main rocket. The rocket is on a normal trajectory to destination moon.

India's indigenous moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday afternoon.

The spacecraft took off at 2.43 pm, exactly a week after the mission was aborted after a technical snag was detected less than an hour before the launch. In the run-up to the launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on its Twitter, gave regular updates about preparations.

ISRO chief K Sivan on Sunday said that the Chandrayaan-2 will perform 15 crucial maneuvers in the days to come. He added that all the preparatory work regarding the launch has been completed, and technical glitches that developed in the first attempt have been rectified.

The ISRO chief said that the spacecraft will be landing on the moon very slowly. "It will land on the South Pole. There is a lot of scientific testing to be done regarding the mission. Scientists around the world are looking forward to the launch," Sivan had said.

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