We’ve bounced back, says Isro’s Sivan week after aborted launch

We’ve bounced back, says Isro’s Sivan week after aborted launch

We’ve bounced back, says Isro’s Sivan week after aborted launch

If successful, $146-million mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon's south pole, which has so far remained unexplored by any other nation.

Worldwide efforts to explore the moon - made by India, Israel and the U.S. - which is determined to send its astronauts back to the moon within five years, will be pressuring and motivating China's lunar probe missions to further develop, Wu was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times commenting on the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-2 into space.

"Immediately after the technical snag was observed in an intelligent way one week back, the entire team swung into action".

As India's rocket soared on a historic attempt to put a landing craft on the surface of the moon, so did the joy of millions of Indians across the globe. With a mission life of about one year, India's "Baahubali" rocket, the GSLV Mk-III, was used to carry the 2.4-tonne orbiter.

For Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, the biggest discovery was evidence of water molecules on the lunar surface. Proposals for mid-sized landers capable of delivering between 500kg and 1,000kg of cargo would be considered for launch beyond 2021, according to a statement from the agency.There are newer space launch vehicles being developed for this goal and these missions, called the Artemis 1,2 and 3 missions will send from 2022-2024 astronauts to the moon orbit and eventually make a moon landing on the south pole of the moon, where astronauts will stay for a week. "It will have to travel from the Earth's orbit to the Moon's orbit", said Professor Ajey Lele, a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

Nearly the entire orbiter, lander and rover were designed and made in India.

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The space programme, which was earlier geared towards improving satellite communications and remote sensing applications, such as weather forecasting and disaster management, has in recent years increasingly branched into space exploration.

In May 2014, India launched the Mars Orbiter, becoming the first Asian nation to reach the planet after China failed to do so.

This is India's most ambitious mission yet in an effort to establish itself as a low-priced space power and become only the 4th nation to soft-land on the moon, thereby joining an elite space force. It plans to launch a manned mission to space by 2022.

Over the five decades since Neil Armstrong stepped on the Sea of Tranquility, scientific interest in the moon waxed and waned - from a dark period at the end of 20th century to the surge in explorations now.

India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon in March, which Modi said demonstrated the country's capacity as a space power alongside the United States, Russia and China.

Science journalist Pallava Bagla noted "the stakes are very high", adding that the capabilities for the Moon mission are also needed to send humans into space. Seconds later, at around 16 minutes after lift off, the spacecraft separates from the launch vehicle and is placed into the earth's orbit.

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