India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport at Sriharikota to explore the uncharted south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover.
The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here into cloudy skies at 2.43 pm and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit 16 minutes and 14 seconds later.
The lift-off of Chandrayaan-2 was broadcast live on TV and the space agency's official social media accounts. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also watched the live broadcast of the launch event.
Sriharikota: People celebrate with a Tricolour the successful launch of India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle, in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, Monday, July 22, 2019.
ISRO had called off the launch earlier on July 15 after a technical snag was detected ahead of the lift-off. However, the technical glitch was rectified within a week and the Indian space agency came out with flying colours by successfully launching its second Moon mission.