Atlast, its Liftoff as India sets sail for the Moon (+VIDEO) - aksu360

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Atlast, its Liftoff as India sets sail for the Moon (+VIDEO)

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India has minutes ago, successfully launched a mission to soft land a rover on the moon, in a landmark moment for a nation trying to become a space superpower. The country's latest lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, which means "moon vehicle" in Sanskrit, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state at 10.43am Nigerian time.
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The launch was originally scheduled for July 15, but was abruptly called off just 56 minutes before lift-off due to a "technical snag." India is now on the way to becoming the 4th country (in addition to United States, China and the former Soviet Union) to make a soft-landing on the lunar surface.

The Chandrayaan-2 weighs 3.8 tons and carries 13 payloads, has three elements (lunar orbiter, lander and rover) all developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It will travel for 2 months, before positioning itself in a circular orbit 62 miles (100km) above the moon's surface. 


The satellite is supposed to explore the uncharted lunar south pole, 11 years after Isro's successful first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, which made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009.

It will take 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the moon through meticulously planned orbital phases.

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