Chandrayaan-2 launch live updates: The Godfather of all space missions

Chandrayaan-2

Update: The launch of #Chandrayaan2 has been aborted and called off due to a technical snag. The revised dates will be announced later. Stay tuned for updates.

ISRO is scheduled to launch Chandrayaan-2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center located at Sriharikota, India. The GSLV MkIII-M1 carrying the prestigious Chandrayaan-2 with Pragyan Rover will blast off at 2.51 AM on July 15, 2019.

You can watch the launch live on all channels of DD and the official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels of ISRO. Moreover, several popular TV news channels have also decided to broadcast the launch live starting at 1 AM.

Chandrayaan-2

The ultimate target of the Chandrayaan-2 is the Moon’s south polar region. The ISRO disclosed that India has taken a giant leap and no other country in the world has achieved this milestone.

According to ISRO sources, the countdown for the launch of the GSLVMkIII-M1/Chandrayaan-2 has started on July 14 at 0651 hours IST. The reports reveal that the countdown is progressing well and the Team ISRO is on the right track. The latest information is that the propellant filling of liquid core stage (L110) of #GSLVMkIII-M1 started today morning and has been completed without any problems.

The main highlight of the Chandrayaan-2 is that the Pragyan Rover contains an inscription of our Ashoka Chakra alongside Indian flag. Even though the launch is scheduled today, the actual landing of the Pragyan Rover on the moon will take place on September 6, 2019, after a long journey on the orbit.

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The Chandrayaan-2 will study the lunar surface in detail including the presence of water. We will be able to view high-resolution images of the moon’s surface after the Pragyan Rover lands on the prescribed place.

The ISRO team took to Twitter and revealed the image of Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter in clean room. The Chandrayaan-2 carries eight scientific payloads for mapping lunar surface and also to study the moon’s atmosphere.

Pragyan Rover

Commenting on the launch, K Kasturirangan, former Chairman of ISRO revealed that the space agency is embarking on one of the most complex missions ever in the history of the ISRO. Former ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar also talked about the progress of space observations and the details of the scientific payloads onboard #Chandrayaan2 recently on Twitter.

We expect the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 to be smooth and successful. It’s true that the launch is happening in the early morning and people will find it difficult to watch. You can always watch the launch tomorrow morning on TV, Facebook and Twitter. You should note that the actual landing of the Pragyan Rover on the Moon will happen on September 6, 2019.

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