Hyderabad: India’s much-awaited moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh today afternoon.
The spacecraft took off sharp at 2.43 pm, exactly a week after the mission was called off when a technical snag was detected.
In the run-up to the launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), gave regular updates about preparations on its Twitter.
Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of Moon where no mission has ever set foot. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as “composite body”. The probe’s total mass is 3.8 ton and is expected to land on the Moon’s south polar region on September 6 or 7 this year.