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First Chandrayaan 2 today lifted off successfully from Sriharikota at exactly 2 :43 pm. It is expected to land on moon September 7.

Around 16 minutes after lift off ISRO scientists celebrated their successful launch mission by patting and hugging each other. It was great scenario watched by millions across the world and a moment of immense pride for whole of India.

ISRO notes that Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft land the lander – Vikram and rover – Pragyan in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70 degrees south.

“Evidence for water molecules discovered by Chandrayaan-1, requires further studies on the extent of water molecule distribution on the surface, below the surface and in the tenuous lunar exosphere to address the origin of water on Moon,” ISRO notes. “The lunar South Pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow are much larger than that at the North Pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. In addition, South Pole region has craters that are cold traps and contain a fossil record of the early Solar System.”

Chandrayaan-2 is the first space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s south polar region. It is also the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology, and the first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology. With this mission, India will be the fourth country ever to soft land on the lunar surface.

Source – News 18

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