"Indian at heart, Indian in spirit!"
"Godrej's contribution to the mission includes critical equipment such as L110 engine and CE20 engine for the launcher GSLV Mk III, thrusters for the orbiter and lander, and components for the DSN antenna", Godrej Aerospace Executive Vice President and Business Head SM Vaidya said in a statement. This is because it is very hard for humans to survive on Moon's surface due to hazardous radiation, micro-metoritic impacts, extreme temperature and dust storms.
"Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history!" "Every Indian is immensely proud today!" tweeted Modi. That aside, Chandrayaan-2 stands out from other missions as it will land at the little-explored South Pole.
The next month and a half will see the spacecraft perform crucial maneuvers to ensure a smooth landing, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said, as the agency's officials congratulated each other with handshakes and bear hugs after the launch.
Calling the ISRO team "real superheroes", Sharman said, "Namumkin ko phir mumkin kiya hai @isro ne (ISRO has again made the impossible possible)". He said the vehicle was brought back to normal in 24 hours. "It is the beginning of a historical journey for India".
The Rs 978 crore spacecraft was put in a highly elliptical orbit around the earth about 16 minutes and 14 seconds after lift-off, where it will gather velocity before being flung towards the moon after 23 days.
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India will use a rover to explore the lunar surface for a period of two weeks. Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to lunar South Pole.
India is striving to become the fourth country, after the US, USSR, and China, to land on the Moon.
The lander - named after Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of India's space programme - will carry the rover and be placed on the surface near the lunar South Pole. The Orbiter will continue its mission for a duration of one year. Chandrayaan-1's own moon impact probe had also detected the signature of water just before it crashlanded.
After a "technical snag", aborted the first launch attempt a week ago, the Indian space agency known as ISRO successfully sent Chandrayaan-2 to the moon Monday afternoon in a testament to its burgeoning capabilities in space.
Aditya-L1 is meant to observe the Sun's corona, the outer layers of the star that span thousands of kilometres. The Prime Minister has announced a manned space mission by 2022. "And also Dr. Manmohan Singh for sanctioning the Chandrayan 2 project in 2008", the Congress tweeted from its official handle.