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Chandrayaan-2 Launch in Pics: India's second moon mission, as it happened

Updated : 2019-07-23 09:41:58

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 was launched into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power. If successful, the Rs 978 crore mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies on the presence of water at the moon's South Pole, unexplored by any other nation before. "This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, praising the scientists responsible for what he called a fully indigenous mission. China, Russia and the United States are the only other nations to have sent missions to the moon. A live broadcast showed images of the GSLV Mk-III, carrying the unmanned Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, blasting off from Sriharikota Range in Andhra Pradesh as thousands of onlookers cheered the launch, which was delayed for a week by a technical snag. The boosters separated safely as the craft began its nearly 50-day journey, after which the lander will attempt a controlled landing to deploy a rover at the moon's South Pole. The spacecraft has successfully entered the earth's orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The next month and a half will see the spacecraft perform crucial maneuvers to ensure a smooth landing, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said, as the agency's officials congratulated each other with handshakes and bear hugs after the launch.

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This photo released by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) shows its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 liftoff from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Indian Space Research Organization via AP)
This photo released by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) shows its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 liftoff from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Indian Space Research Organization via AP)
Crowd cheer as they watch the on-screen the lift-off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 in Mumbai, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Crowd cheer as they watch the on-screen the lift-off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 in Mumbai, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Visitors at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium, watch a webcast of the lift-off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Visitors at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium, watch a webcast of the lift-off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
This image made from a video aired by Doordarshan television shows Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 liftoff from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Doordarshan via AP )
This image made from a video aired by Doordarshan television shows Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 liftoff from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Doordarshan via AP )
A man at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium takes pictures of a webcast of the lift-off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A man at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium takes pictures of a webcast of the lift-off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019.  (AP Photo)
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019.  (AP Photo)
People wave the Indian flag as they gather to watch the launch of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo)
People wave the Indian flag as they gather to watch the launch of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo)
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III-M1 blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-2, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III-M1 blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-2, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III-M1 blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-1 from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019. Indian Space Research Organisation/Handout via REUTERS
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III-M1 blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-1 from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019. Indian Space Research Organisation/Handout via REUTERS
People watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
People watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
People celebrate as they watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
People celebrate as they watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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