Chandrayaan 2 Launch Live Updates: ISRO's much-awaited Chandrayaan 2 was successfully launched from a launchpad in Sriharikota at 2:43 pm today. Earlier, Chandrayaan 2 was set to be launched on July 15, however, the mission was aborted just 56 minutes before liftoff due to a technical snag. According to the sources from ISRO, there was a drop in pressure in the fuel tank and as a measure of abundant precaution, the Chandrayaan 2 launch was called off. The snag was later rectified and the liquid core stage of the GSLV was fully fueled for the planned launch this afternoon.
Here are the Highlights:
04:55 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah congratulates the ISRO team over the successful launch of Chadrayaan-2
I congratulate our scientists at @isro for the successful launch of #Chandrayaan2 and setting yet another benchmark in the field of space technology. A grateful nation is proud of them.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 22, 2019
I also thank PM Modi ji for encouraging our institutions for setting new standards everytime. pic.twitter.com/k26szPwhIE
04:30 pm: Congress congratulates team ISRO for the successful launch of Chandryaan-2
03:27 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi posts series of tweets over the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2, says "The launch of Chandrayaan 2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science."
Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation Chief K Sivan and other scientists celebrate after GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into earth orbit pic.twitter.com/WQggk6GMTX— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019
03:11 pm: Our work is yet not complete, we will work hard and ensure that the Indian flag flies high in the technology sector, say ISRO officials
03:09 pm: ISRO officials congratulate and credit the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2 to their team of scientists and other staff involved
03:06 pm: This is the beginning of India's historic journey, say ISRO officials as Chandrayaan 2 successfully launches from Sriharikota
03:05 pm: ISRO officials address media after the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2, say the lift-off was way better than our expectations
03:04 pm: GSLV Mk III-M1 successfully injects Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit
03:01 pm: Launch of India's historic moon mission Chandrayaan 2 successful
03:00 pm: With the launch of Chandrayaan 2, India will become the fourth country in the world to land on the lunar surface.
02:59 pm: All parameters of Chandrayaan 2 are working normally, says ISRO
02:55 pm: The liquid stage L110 has separated itself from the orbiter and other components
02:54 pm: Chandrayaan 2 is moving at a speed of 24 kms per second
02:51 pm: The heat shield has separated itself from the orbiter and other components
— ISRO (@isro) July 22, 2019
02:43 pm: India's historic moon mission Chandrayaan 2 lifts off from Sriharikota
02:41 pm: Less than 5 minutes left for launch of India's historic moon mission Chandrayaan 2
02:38 pm: Vehicle director gives nod for launch for India's historic moon mission Chandrayaan 2
02:35 pm: It is now only less than 7 minutes left for Isro to lift off Chandrayaan 2. The Chandrayaan 2 launch is being watched by a billion population across the country and hundreds at the Sriharikota station's viewing gallery.
Launch of Chandrayaan 2 by GSLV MkIII-M1 Vehicle https://t.co/P93BGn4wvT— ISRO (@isro) July 22, 2019
01:40 pm: Filling of Liquid Hydrogen in Cryogenic Stage(C25) of GSLV Mk III-M1 completed
#ISRO #Chandrayaan2— ISRO (@isro) July 22, 2019
As our journey begins, do you know what is the distance of Moon from Earth? The average distance is 3, 84, 000 km, Vikram lander will land on Moon on the 48th day of the mission, which begins today.
Here's different view of #GSLVMkIII-M1 pic.twitter.com/4LFEmT2xxZ
12:57 pm: Filling of liquid oxygen in cryogenic stage (C25) of GSLV Mk III-M1 completed and filling of liquid hydrogen is in progress
11:51 am: Filling of liquid oxygen for the cryogenic stage (C25) of GSLV Mk III-M1 commences
Where to watch Chandrayaan-2 launch live
ISRO will live stream the event on its Twitter and Facebook pages. Doordarshan will also stream the event live on its YouTube channel.
What is Chandrayaan 2
To put simply, Chandrayaan is an amalgamation of Chandra (Moon) and Yaan (vehicle). Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first unmanned mission which was launched in October 2008. Now, Chandrayaan 2 is the second unmanned mission and will launch after almost a decade since the first mission.
What comprises Chandrayaan 2
There are 3 modules with Chandrayaan 2 - the Orbiter, Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover. As per what the ISRO says, the Orbiter and Lander modules will be having a mechanical interface and will be stacked together as an integrated module inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle. Chandrayaan 2 will be carrying 14 payloads: 8 on the Orbiter, 3 on Lander and 2 on Rover.
According to ISRO, the orbiter is tasked with mapping the lunar surface from an altitude of 100 kilometres. Meanwhile, the Vikram lander will make a soft-landing on the surface and release the Pragyan rover on 7 September 2019.
The mission will go to a previously unexplored region just 650 kilometres from the lunar South Pole. This will be the first time any mission has touched down so far away from the equator.
Video: India's historic moon mission Chandrayaan 2 lifts off from Sriharikota