Sriharikota। India’s second lunar mission was on track as its ‘Babubali’ GSLV rocket successfully put the moon spacecraft, Chandrayaan-2, into the orbit in a copy book style on Monday afternoon.
After the launch, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said, “I’m extremely happy to announce that the GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into Earth orbit. It is the beginning of a historic journey for India towards the moon and to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments. I salute to all those involved in the launch of Chandrayaan-2.”
The Rs 375 crore, heavy lift GSLV-Mk III rocket slung the Rs 603 crore, 3.8 tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft in its intended earth parking orbit.
The 43.4 metre tall, 640 tonne rocket, nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, carried the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, which will carry out India’s second mission to its closest celestial neighbour.
From here, it will be a long, over one-and-a-half-month journey for Chandrayaan-2 as it will traverse the 384,400 km that separate Earth and its sole satellite.