On Monday a rocket was launched into space by India aiming to get a rover on the lunar surface, as part of the new Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission. This is the most complex mission the country has ever conducted, and their efforts were uncanny due to the low budget.
This successful mission cost India $146 million and thanks to that the scientists from the country can now explore the south pole of the Moon in search of water. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, said in a tweet that thanks to this mission, we will know more about the Moon. India is finally part of the group that sent missions to the Moon alongside the United States, China, and Russia.
You can see in the images that the uncrewed Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was carried by rocket blasting off from a space center located in southern India. Even though this mission was previously delayed, thousands of onlookers cheered the launch.
Chandrayaan-2, India’s New Moon Mission, Successfully Launched
As the craft began the journey which will last almost 50 days, the boosters separated safely. In the end, the lender will try to deploy the rover on the south pole of the Moon by controlling its landing. ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organisation said that the spacecraft entered the orbit of the Earth successfully.
K.Sivan, ISRO Chairman, said that crucial maneuvers would be performed by the spacecraft next month for the rover to land smoothly. He told reporters that it takes 15 minutes to make the landing and those will be of terror for them because it is when the mission could fail.
There are a lot of elements that need to be taken into account when they control the landing such as the dust, the lunar gravity, and the terrain which makes it all very risky.
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