Five, four, three, two, one, zero and with this, bombing applause echoed inside the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) control room as Chandrayaan 2 successfully lifted from it’s launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 2:43pm on July 22, 2019.
Whole proceeding was like a World cup match as all the eyes were on the launch pad. Scientists who were at the ISRO’s control room kept a close watch on Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III-M1 (GSLV-M III-M1) as it gained speed and headed towards the sky with orange plumes coming out of it before it vanished in the clouds.
16 minutes and 33 seconds after the launch, Chandrayaan 2 was successfully injected into earth’s orbit and roughly 18 minutes and 30 seconds later, it gave it’s first signal which was celebrated by the entire nation. Scientists who are behind this project were seen congratulating each other in ISRO’s control room.
“I am extremely happy to announce that GSLV Mark 3 successfully injected the Chandrayaan 2 into orbit… It is the beginning of a historical journey for India… We fixed a serious technical snag and ISRO bounced back with flying colours,” said ISRO Chairman K Sivan.
The launch of GSLV-M III was scheduled on July 14, 2019 at 2:51 pm, however, it was called off 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the launch due to a technical snag in the cryogenic stage or last stage of the rocket before it separates.
ISRO’s largest and the most powerful rocket GSLV Mark III is 44 meters long and is equivalent to the weight of 8 elephants i.e. 640 tonnes. It consists of a lunar orbiter, a lander ‘Vikram’ (named after ISRO founder and Indian Scientist Vikram Sarabai) and rover ‘Pragyaan’. When lander ‘Vikram’ will separate from rover ‘Pragyaan’, it will head towards the Southern hemisphere of moon which is not explored till date.
The main motto behind this mission is to reconfirm the presence of water on moon’s crust, studying the composition of lunar soil, understand the rock structure and so on. The success of this mission will let India to join the club of elite nations who have successfully landed on moon. It will open new doors for India as US, China and Europe are keenly watching the rockets progress and have their plans for moon.