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Chandrayaan 2: NASA Finds ISRO's Vikram Lander on Moon

India | PTI | December 3, 2019, 9:00 am
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 Almost three months after India lost contact with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander while attempting a soft landing on the Moon’s South Polar region, a NASA satellite orbiting the Moon has found the crashed lander, the US space agency has said. NASA released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed the site of the spacecraft's impact (September 6 in India and September 7 in the US) and associated debris field, with parts scattered over almost two dozen locations spanning several kilometres. (Image: NASA/Twitter)
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Almost three months after India lost contact with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander while attempting a soft landing on the Moon’s South Polar region, a NASA satellite orbiting the Moon has found the crashed lander, the US space agency has said. NASA released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed the site of the spacecraft's impact (September 6 in India and September 7 in the US) and associated debris field, with parts scattered over almost two dozen locations spanning several kilometres. (Image: NASA/Twitter)

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 ISRO shares new three-dimensional images from the moon's surface captured by the Chandrayaan-2. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)
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ISRO shares new three-dimensional images from the moon's surface captured by the Chandrayaan-2. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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"Have a look of 3D view of a crater imaged by TMC-2 of #Chandrayaan2. TMC-2 provides images at 5m spatial resolution & stereo triplets (fore, nadir and aft views) for preparing DEM of the complete lunar surface." ISRO said in a tweet. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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 (Image: Twitter/ISRO)
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(Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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"#Chandrayaan2’s DF-SAR is designed to produce greater details about the morphology and ejecta materials of impact craters on the lunar surface. Have a look of initial images and observations made by DF-SAR." ISRO said in a tweet. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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(Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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 The Indian Space Research Organisation released the first illuminated images of the lunar surface which were captured by Chandrayaan-2’s Imaging Infrared Spectrometer (IIRS) payload.
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The Indian Space Research Organisation released the first illuminated images of the lunar surface which were captured by Chandrayaan-2’s Imaging Infrared Spectrometer (IIRS) payload. "See the first illuminated image of the lunar surface acquired by #Chandrayaan2’s IIRS payload. IIRS is designed to measure reflected sunlight from the lunar surface in narrow and contiguous spectral channels," ISRO said in a tweet. (Image: ISRO)

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 Vikram had a
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Vikram had a "hard landing", NASA said on Friday (September 27), as it released high-resolution images captured by its reconnaissance orbiter of the Moon's unchartered south pole where the Chandrayaan 2 lander attempted to soft-land during the ambitious mission three weeks ago. (Image: NASA)

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 The module had attempted a soft landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters before losing communication with ISRO on September 7. The site was about 600 km from the south pole in a relatively ancient terrain, according to the US space agency. (Image: NASA)
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The module had attempted a soft landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters before losing communication with ISRO on September 7. The site was about 600 km from the south pole in a relatively ancient terrain, according to the US space agency. (Image: NASA)

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"Vikram had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The scene was captured from a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Quickmap fly-around of the targeted landing site image width is about 150 kilometres across the centre." (Image: NASA)

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 Not losing hope, the Indian Space Research Organisation continued to make all-out efforts to establish a link with Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' lander, now lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing. Vikram, with rover 'Pragyan' housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday (September 7). In this photo, Vikram Lander is seen mounted on the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 at the launch centre in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO)
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Not losing hope, the Indian Space Research Organisation continued to make all-out efforts to establish a link with Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' lander, now lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing. Vikram, with rover 'Pragyan' housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday (September 7). In this photo, Vikram Lander is seen mounted on the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 at the launch centre in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO)

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 Disheartened over Chandrayaan 2 setback, ISRO chief K Sivan had tears welled in his eyes minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the scientists in Bengaluru. Before leaving the ISRO control centre, the prime minister shook hands with every scientist present in the room. However, when Modi met the ISRO chief, Sivan broke down. He was soon comforted by the PM, who gave a pat on his back and lauded the efforts of the experts.
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Disheartened over Chandrayaan 2 setback, ISRO chief K Sivan had tears welled in his eyes minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the scientists in Bengaluru. Before leaving the ISRO control centre, the prime minister shook hands with every scientist present in the room. However, when Modi met the ISRO chief, Sivan broke down. He was soon comforted by the PM, who gave a pat on his back and lauded the efforts of the experts.

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 Communication with Vikram lander appears to have lost contact with ground control in the mission. The data is right now being analysed by scientists. As per a timeline released earlier by ISRO, the lander Vikram was to land at 1:53 am and the rover Pragyan was scheduled to roll down a ramp at 5:19 am. In an extraordinary moment, the rover was to click a photograph of the lander at 5:45 am. (Image: ANI)
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Communication with Vikram lander appears to have lost contact with ground control in the mission. The data is right now being analysed by scientists. As per a timeline released earlier by ISRO, the lander Vikram was to land at 1:53 am and the rover Pragyan was scheduled to roll down a ramp at 5:19 am. In an extraordinary moment, the rover was to click a photograph of the lander at 5:45 am. (Image: ANI)

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 ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan after announcing that connection with the lander was lost during the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on the lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan after announcing that connection with the lander was lost during the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on the lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan (C) watches the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan (C) watches the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 Officials watch live telecast of the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface as it starts 'fine breaking' at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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Officials watch live telecast of the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface as it starts 'fine breaking' at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 ISRO chairman K Sivan also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the headquarters to watch the historic moment live.
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ISRO chairman K Sivan also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the headquarters to watch the historic moment live.

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 Officials watch live telecast of Chandrayaan 2 at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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Officials watch live telecast of Chandrayaan 2 at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Bengaluru to witness the historic landing of the Chandrayaan-2 mission's lunar lander Vikram with rover Pragyan in it on the moon early on Saturday (September 7). In this photo, PM Modi is being greeted by ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan as he arrives to watch the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Bengaluru to witness the historic landing of the Chandrayaan-2 mission's lunar lander Vikram with rover Pragyan in it on the moon early on Saturday (September 7). In this photo, PM Modi is being greeted by ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan as he arrives to watch the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 A video played on a giant screen showing the Chandrayaan 2 tracking in a media enclosure at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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A video played on a giant screen showing the Chandrayaan 2 tracking in a media enclosure at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 A dish antenna tracks the moon at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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A dish antenna tracks the moon at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 Chandrayaan 2 lander, 'Vikram', successfully separated from the orbiter on Monday (September 2). The separation of lander 'Vikram' from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter was scheduled between 12:45 pm and 01:45 pm (IST). Following this, there would be two deorbit manoeuvres of lander 'Vikram' to prepare for its landing in the south polar region of the moon. (Image: ISRO)
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Chandrayaan 2 lander, 'Vikram', successfully separated from the orbiter on Monday (September 2). The separation of lander 'Vikram' from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter was scheduled between 12:45 pm and 01:45 pm (IST). Following this, there would be two deorbit manoeuvres of lander 'Vikram' to prepare for its landing in the south polar region of the moon. (Image: ISRO)

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 Earlier, the Indian space agency successfully completed the fifth and final lunar bound orbit change for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on September 1. (Image: ISRO)
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Earlier, the Indian space agency successfully completed the fifth and final lunar bound orbit change for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on September 1. (Image: ISRO)

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 The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday released a fresh set of photographs of the surface of the moon and its craters taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. According to ISRO, the pictures were taken on August 23 at an altitude of about 4,375 kms showing impact craters like Jackson, Mitra, Mach and Korolev. (Image: ISRO)
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The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday released a fresh set of photographs of the surface of the moon and its craters taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. According to ISRO, the pictures were taken on August 23 at an altitude of about 4,375 kms showing impact craters like Jackson, Mitra, Mach and Korolev. (Image: ISRO)

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 ISRO said Jackson is an impact crater located in the northern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. The crater's diameter is 71 km. The interesting feature at the western outer rim of the Mach crater is another impact crater named Mitra (92 km in diameter). (Image: ISRO)
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ISRO said Jackson is an impact crater located in the northern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. The crater's diameter is 71 km. The interesting feature at the western outer rim of the Mach crater is another impact crater named Mitra (92 km in diameter). (Image: ISRO)

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 The Korolev crater seen in the image is a 437-km wide crater which has several small craters of varying sizes. ISRO also released pictures showing impact craters such as Sommerfeld and Kirkwood. Sommerfeld is a large impact crater located in the farside northern latitudes of the Moon. It is a 169 km in diameter. Another picture was that of impact craters Plaskett (109 kms wide), Rozhdestvenskiy (177 kms wide) and Hermite (104 kms wide, one of the coldest spots in the solar system). (Image: ISRO)
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The Korolev crater seen in the image is a 437-km wide crater which has several small craters of varying sizes. ISRO also released pictures showing impact craters such as Sommerfeld and Kirkwood. Sommerfeld is a large impact crater located in the farside northern latitudes of the Moon. It is a 169 km in diameter. Another picture was that of impact craters Plaskett (109 kms wide), Rozhdestvenskiy (177 kms wide) and Hermite (104 kms wide, one of the coldest spots in the solar system). (Image: ISRO)

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 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the first visuals of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 from a distance of 2,650 km from the lunar surface on August 22, 2019. The ISRO in a tweet identified two landmarks on the moon, Mare Orientale basin and Apollo crater. (Image: ISRO)
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the first visuals of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 from a distance of 2,650 km from the lunar surface on August 22, 2019. The ISRO in a tweet identified two landmarks on the moon, Mare Orientale basin and Apollo crater. (Image: ISRO)

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 In a significant milestone for India’s Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the lunar orbit after nearly 30 days of journey in space. ISRO in a statement said, “Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km.” (Image: ISRO/Twitter)
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In a significant milestone for India’s Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the lunar orbit after nearly 30 days of journey in space. ISRO in a statement said, “Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km.” (Image: ISRO/Twitter)

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 ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru on Aug. 20, 2019. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru on Aug. 20, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 The Indian space agency on Sunday (August 04) released the first set of Earth images captured by Chandrayaan-2. (Image: ISRO)
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The Indian space agency on Sunday (August 04) released the first set of Earth images captured by Chandrayaan-2. (Image: ISRO)

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 Chandrayaan-2 gives a full view of Earth from thousands or even a million miles away. The ISRO said the trans-lunar insertion of Chandrayaan-2, which will send it to the moon, is scheduled on August 14. (Image: ISRO)
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Chandrayaan-2 gives a full view of Earth from thousands or even a million miles away. The ISRO said the trans-lunar insertion of Chandrayaan-2, which will send it to the moon, is scheduled on August 14. (Image: ISRO)

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 A Chandrayaan-2 camera has shared its first view of Earth from million miles away. The Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach the moon by August 20 and the lander Vikram will land on the Earth's sole satellite on September 7. (Image: ISRO)
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A Chandrayaan-2 camera has shared its first view of Earth from million miles away. The Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach the moon by August 20 and the lander Vikram will land on the Earth's sole satellite on September 7. (Image: ISRO)

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 On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style.<br />(Image: ISRO)
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On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style.
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 India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
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India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
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India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
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India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota. (Image: PTI)
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India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota. (Image: PTI)

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 GSLV MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lift off from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/AP)
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GSLV MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lift off from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/AP)

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 CGSLV MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 22, 2019. India scripts history by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, days after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag. The GSLVMkIII-M1 took off at 2.43 pm as per schedule. (Image: TV Grab/PTI)
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CGSLV MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 22, 2019. India scripts history by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, days after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag. The GSLVMkIII-M1 took off at 2.43 pm as per schedule. (Image: TV Grab/PTI)

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 ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (Image: AFP)
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ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (Image: AFP)

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 The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (Image: AFP)
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The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (Image: AFP)

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 PM Narendra Modi applauds as he watches on a screen the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre of Sriharikota, in New Delhi. (Image: Twitter/PTI)
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PM Narendra Modi applauds as he watches on a screen the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre of Sriharikota, in New Delhi. (Image: Twitter/PTI)

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 India scripts history by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: TV Grab/News18)
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India scripts history by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: TV Grab/News18)

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 ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (Image: AFP)
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ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (Image: AFP)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches on a screen the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre of Sriharikota, in New Delhi. (Image: Twitter/PTI)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches on a screen the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre of Sriharikota, in New Delhi. (Image: Twitter/PTI)

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 ISRO successfully launches GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO successfully launches GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan addresses after the successful launch of CGSLV MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: TV Grab/PTI)
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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan addresses after the successful launch of CGSLV MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: TV Grab/PTI)

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 A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. India on July 22 launched a landmark spacecraft to land on the Moon, in a bid to become only the fourth nation to achieve the feat. (Image: AFP)
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A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. India on July 22 launched a landmark spacecraft to land on the Moon, in a bid to become only the fourth nation to achieve the feat. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO successfully launches GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO successfully launches GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)
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GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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 ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan watches the launch of CGSLV MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: TV Grab/PTI)
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ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan watches the launch of CGSLV MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: TV Grab/PTI)

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 People at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium, watch a web cast of the lift off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota. (Image: AP)
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People at New Delhi's Nehru Planetarium, watch a web cast of the lift off of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

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 A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Image: News18)
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A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Image: News18)

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 GSLVMkIII-M1 lifts-off from Sriharikota carrying Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)
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GSLVMkIII-M1 lifts-off from Sriharikota carrying Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft. (Image: Twitter/ISRO)

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 A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Image: News18)
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A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (Image: News18)

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 A view of the Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLV-Mk0III-M1 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)
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A view of the Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLV-Mk0III-M1 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 seeking to explore the unchartered Lunar south pole by landing a rover will be launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV-Mk0III-M1 from Sriharikota on July 22, a week after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag. The Rs 978 crore mission, which was rescheduled after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, will be launched at 2.43pm from the second launchpad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, over 100km from Chennai. (Image: PTI)
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India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 seeking to explore the unchartered Lunar south pole by landing a rover will be launched onboard its most powerful rocket GSLV-Mk0III-M1 from Sriharikota on July 22, a week after the lift-off was aborted due to a technical snag. The Rs 978 crore mission, which was rescheduled after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, will be launched at 2.43pm from the second launchpad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, over 100km from Chennai. (Image: PTI)

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 The launch of Chandrayaan 2, India's second mission to the moon, has been rescheduled at 2:43 pm on July 22. Announcing fresh date, ISRO tweeted:
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The launch of Chandrayaan 2, India's second mission to the moon, has been rescheduled at 2:43 pm on July 22. Announcing fresh date, ISRO tweeted: "Chandrayaan-2 launch, which was called off due to a technical snag on July 15, 2019, is now rescheduled at 2:43 pm IST on Monday, July 22, 2019." (Image: isro.gov.in)

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 India has called off the launch of a moon mission to explore the lunar south pole. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted less than an hour before takeoff on July 15, 2019. An Indian Space Research Organization spokesman says a
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India has called off the launch of a moon mission to explore the lunar south pole. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted less than an hour before takeoff on July 15, 2019. An Indian Space Research Organization spokesman says a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton launch-vehicle system. (Image: AP)

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 A video journalist reports standing next to models of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)
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A video journalist reports standing next to models of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted at the last minute at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

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 ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)
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ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 stands at Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was aborted at Sriharikota. (Image: AP)

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 A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district. (Image: PTI)
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A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district. (Image: PTI)

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 The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or
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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or "Bahubali" is seen in assembly building ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. The space mission, which aims to place a robotic rover on the moon, is set to be launched on July 15, 2019. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or "Bahubali" is seen in assembly building ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 An Officials carry out the hoisting of the Vikram Lander during the integration of Chandrayaan-2, at the launch center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)
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An Officials carry out the hoisting of the Vikram Lander during the integration of Chandrayaan-2, at the launch center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or "Bahubali" is seen in assembly building ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 Vikram Lander is seen mounted on the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, at the launch center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)
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Vikram Lander is seen mounted on the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, at the launch center in Sriharikota. (Image: ISRO/PTI)

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 ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)
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ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)
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ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2, India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru. (Image: Reuters)
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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru. (Image: Reuters)

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 ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)
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ISRO scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bengaluru. (Image: AFP)

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 ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
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ISRO personnel work on the orbiter vehicle of Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and test establishment (ISITE), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)

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