In Pics: Chandrayaan 2 launched by ISRO from Sriharikota on board GSLV-MkIII

Bivekananda Biswas | Jul 22, 2019, 04:03 PM IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit. GSLVMkIII-M1 lifted-off with the rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh at around 2:43 pm.  Chandrayaan 2 will cover 3,84,000 km distance in 48 days and land on Moon. Earlier on July 15, ISRO had to abort launch of Chandrayaan 2 due to a technical snag.

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Chandrayaan 2 launch

Chandrayaan 2 launch

"#GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects #Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit Here's the view of #Chandrayaan2 separation," ISRO tweeted after the launch.

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Chandrayaan 2 launch

Chandrayaan 2 launch

It will take 48 days to land on the Moon surface.

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Chandrayaan 2 launch

Chandrayaan 2 launch

Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk-III) is nation's most powerful launcher to date. The launcher is capable of launching four-tonne class of satellites to the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Chandrayaan 2 launch

Chandrayaan 2 launch

The mission is expected to help in better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface.

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Chandrayaan 2 launch:

Chandrayaan 2 launch:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "#Chandrayaan2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the south pole region of lunar terrain which is not explored and sampled by any past mission. This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon."