Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh:
Chandrayaan-2 launch: The mission will take nearly two months to complete.
The lift-off of Chandrayaan 2, Indian's space mission that aims to place a robotic rover on the moon, has been called off. President Ram Nath Kovind was supposed to witness the live launch of the mission from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The 3.8-tonne satellite was set to be taken to the moon on the 640-tonne GSLV Mk III (nicknamed "Baahubali"), India's most powerful rocket. After lift-off, Chandrayaan 2 was supposed to head to the south pole of the moon for a soft landing.
The journey of 3.84 lakh kilometres will take nearly two months to complete. The Chandrayaan 2 mission will carry a 1.4 tonne lander Vikram - which in turn will take the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan - to a high plain between two craters on the lunar South Pole.
If the mission is successful, it will be a huge achievement for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), that has a budget almost 20 times less than US space agency NASA. The mission's success will make India the fourth country to soft-land a spacecraft on the lunar surface after the US, Russia and China.
Here are the updates on the Chandrayaan-2 launch:
Technical Snag Noticed During While Cryogenic Fuel Was Being Loaded: ISRO
The technical snag was noticed during the cryogenic fuel was being loaded. We have to approach the vehicle to assess the problem. First we have to empty the fuel loaded in the rocket, then the rocket will be taken back for further investigation," an ISRO source told IANS.
"This process will take 10 days after that only we can decide on the launch schedule," the source said.
Mission Called Off For By ISRO, To Be Rescheduled ISRO Stops Countdown Clock
BREAKING: Chandrayaan 2 Lift Off "On Hold", Says ISRO.
Where To Watch Chandrayaan Launch Live
Watch the live telecast from 2:30 AM IST on ISRO website https://bit.ly/2LTTdrp and on DD National. Live streaming also available on: Youtube: https://bit.ly/2G7TseH , Facebook: https://bit.ly/2EFxYEw
Know More About The Rocket That Will Launch Chandrayaan 2
ISRO Update: Filling of Liquid oxygen in cryogenic stage of GSLV MkIII-M1 completed and filling of Liquid Hydrogen is in progress.
Countdown To India's Ambitious Moon Mission
Countdown To India's Ambitious Moon Mission | NDTV.com Video | In just a few hours, India will have embarked on its biggest and most ambitious space adventure Chandrayaan 2, the mission to see if sizeable water exists under the lunar surface. The mission will see a lander touchdown on the moon and release a rover in September.
ISRO tweets glimpse of the 640-tonne GSLV Mk III (nicknamed "Baahubali")
"We are less than five hours from the historic launch of Chandrayaan2. Meanwhile observe people being dwarfed by the 14 storey high GSLVMkIII-M1 vehicle," ISRO tweeted.
The Women Behing Chandrayaan-2
Chandrayaan-2 will be the first space mission to be headed entirely by women in India: M Vanitha, the project director, and Ritu Karidhal, the mission director
India To Leave Ashok Chakra, ISRO Logo On Lunar Surface
"The wheel of the rover will make an impression of the ISRO logo and the Ashok Chakra. We will be carrying the national flag, both on the lander and rover," ISRO Chief K Sivan said.
Left No Stone Unturned, Says ISRO Chief K Sivan
"We will make a soft-landing at a place that no one has gone. It is a very risky and tricky task. Technically, we have not left any stone unturned," ISRO Chief K Sivan told NDTV
How to watch Chandrayaan-2 launch live
ISRO will livestream the whole event on its official Twitter handle. Mission Chandrayaan-2 launch will also be live streamed on the space the agency's Facebook page. You can also catch the landmark event live on the Doordarshan National YouTube channel.
Chandrayaan's $124-million price tag less than half the budget of Avengers Endgame: Sputnik International
An analysis published by Sputnik International claimed that the approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan 2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that's 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.
Gaganyaan: India's next big space mission
India's next big mission will involve sending a human into orbit through Gaganyaan by 2022. Most experts say the geo-strategic stakes are high, and India's assertion of its space power through low-cost models could win it lucrative commercial satellite and orbiting deals in the future.
India's Moonshot Tonight, Countdown To Chandrayaan 2 Launch
India's Moonshot Tonight, Countdown To Chandrayaan 2 Launch | NDTV.com Video | President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to witness the live launch of the Chandrayaan 2, the Indian space mission that aims to place a robotic rover on the moon, at 2:51 am on Monday.
Equipment Involved In Chandrayaan 2 Designed And Manufactured In India.
All the equipment involved in the Chandrayaan 2 mission -- from its orbiter to lander and rover -- have been designed and manufactured in India. It is a sequel to the successful Chandrayaan 1, which helped confirm the presence of water on the moon in 2009.
15-Minute Final Descent Will Be Our Most Terrifying Moment: ISRO Chief K Sivan
ISRO chief K Sivan had said that the time for celebration hasn't come yet. "The 15-minute final descent will be our most terrifying moments because we have never undertaken such a complex mission," he said.
Chandrayaan 2 Launch: When And Where To Watch Live Streaming
ISRO Chandrayaan 2: Chandrayaan-2's orbiter, lander and rover have been designed and made in India, and it will use its most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, to carry the 2.4 tonne orbiter. With Chandrayaan-2, India will continue its search for water on the lunar surface after Chandrayaan-1 in 2009 made the breakthrough of discovering the presence of water molecules on the Moon's surface."