New Delhi, Jul 22 : Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday congratulated the scientists for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 and hailed their efforts.
Mr Birla was speaking in the House after Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).
Indian Space Agency's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 carrying an Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan), was successfully launched from the SHAR Range in Andhra Pradesh, commencing its 3.844 lakh km, 48-day long journey for a soft landing on the Moon's South Pole.
About 16 minutes after liftoff under overcast conditions and after ignition and separation of all the three stages, Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an earth parking 170.06 x 40,400 km orbit. Carrying 13 Indian Payloads (eight on Orbiter, 3 on Lander and two on Rover) and one passive experiment from NASA, Chandrayaan-2 is on a mission unlike any before.
Leveraging nearly a decade of scientific research and engineering development, the second lunar expedition will shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon--its South Polar region, a site not explored by any country yet. India's first Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-1 was launched using a PSLV on October 22, 2018 and it detected presence of water on the Lunar surface.
While the technical difficulties of landing on the Moon's South Polar Region have deterred many previous attempts, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first to reach this part of the lunar surface--taking the Indian tricolour where no human has been before. The launch was earlier scheduled on July 15, but was deferred an hour before the take off due to a technical snag in the launch vehicle.
The lunar landing has been planned for September seven, nearly a month after the spacecraft nears the Moon and starts orbiting it. (UNI)