Chandrayaan-1 was the first Indian lunar probe under Chandrayaan program. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008, and operated until August 2009. The mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor. India launched the spacecraft on 22 October 2008 at 00:52 UTC from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota. The mission was a major boost to India’s space program, as India researched and developed its own technology in order to explore the Moon.The vehicle was inserted into lunar orbit on 8 November 2008. With Chandrayan 1, India entered the elite club of nations that had their flags hoisted on the Moon’s surface.
Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced the Chandrayaan project on course in his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2003. The mission was a major boost to India’s space program. The nation shall always remain indebted to its one of the most charismatic sons, Vajpayee for his vision.
Chandrayaan 2 is India’s second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1.Developed by ISRO, the mission was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 22 July 2019 at 2.43 PM IST. It consists of a lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all developed in India.The main scientific objective is to map the location and abundance of lunar water.
A successful landing would make India the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, after the space agencies of the USSR, USA and China. If successful, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first mission to land at lunar south pole.
It’s moment of great pride for the Nation and it’s team of dedicated heroes working for ISRO. Under the proud leadership of the current ISRO chief, K Sivan, the team has achieved a great feat, providing the nation a great reason to rejoice. This is a great moment and all of us should pray that the mission achieves all its objectives beginning from soft landing to landing at lunar South Pole and ultimate lunar probe on the proposed agenda. The first objective of successful launch is already achieved.
For once let’s overcome World Cup disappointment, interest around Imran’s visit to US and dirty political game happening in Karnataka and celebrate Chandrayaan-2!