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India Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-2; Plans to Become Fourth Country to Land on Lunar Surface

By: Politicized News

· Global Affairs

India’s Chandrayaan-2 rocket was launched on Monday at 2:43pm local time (4:43am EST) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island. The launch was initially supposed to take place on July 15th, but was aborted after Indian space program officials detected low-pressure levels in a helium chamber aboard the rocket. After the successful launch, Kailasavadivoo Sivan told reporters that India had “bounced back with flying colors”, and that the agency expected the rest of the mission to proceed as planned. 

If their mission is successful, India will be the fourth country - joined by the United States, the Soviet Union, and China - to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. The $145 million dollar mission plans to be the first to land on and explore the Moon’s southern pole. “It is the historical journey of India towards the Moon,” Sivan said. “It is my duty to salute all the people who have done the work.”
The rocket houses a landing portion named “Vikram”, which contains a small lunar rover that can traverse the surface for 14 days, and send vital readings back to Earth. India’s most complex space mission is also the first lead by two women, Muthaya Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal.

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