The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the Chandrayaan-2 at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on Monday from the Sriharikota space station, Andhra Pradesh. Chandrayaan -2 was launched onboard ISRO’s most powerful launcher, the 640-tonne rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle- Mark-III (GSLV Mk-III).
1. Primary Objective
The primary objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to demonstrate the ability to soft-land on the lunar surface.
2. Main Components & parts of Chandrayaan-2 were made by Bhubaneswar based Tool Room & Training Centre.
3. Supposed to be launched on July 15
Originally scheduled for a July 15 launch, the mission was called off 56 minutes before the launch due to a technical hindrance of leakage in the cryogenic upper stage of the rocket GSLV-Mark-III.
4. If launched successfully, India will be the first country to land on the south polar region of the moon.
5. The total cost of the mission is around Rs.978 crore
The mission has an allocated cost of Rs.978 crore, which includes Rs.375 crore as launch costs on GSLV Mk III & Rs.603 crore for space segment.