He and Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam congratulated the ISRO team behind the mission. In a textbook launch, the towering GSLV-MkIII-M1, carrying Chandrayaan-2 on-board, in its first operational flight, lifted off majestically from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, as the scientists broke into jubilation. Continue Reading
“Thanks to Chandrayaan, India’s lunar programme will get a substantial boost. Our existing knowledge of the moon will be significantly enhanced,” he tweeted. On the importance of Chandrayaan-2, Modi said, the mission is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the south pole region of lunar terrain which has not been explored and sampled by “any past mission”. “What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that Chandrayaan-2 is a fully indigenous mission.