tech2 News StaffJul 22, 2019 20:29:55 IST
At 02.43 pm IST on 22 July, ISRO successfully launched its highly awaited second mission to the Moon — Chandrayaan 2. It was carried aboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III-M1 (GSLV MkIII-M1) rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. As of this afternoon, GSLV MK III successfully injected the Chandrayaan 2 payload into a pre-defined orbit, and it's now headed to the moon where it is expected to soft-land at the lunar south pole on 7 September.
Seconds after launch, Twitter was flooded with congratulatory tweets with posts from the President of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, and many others.
President Ram Nath Kovind shared a four-part tweet congratulating Team ISRO.
The historic launch of #Chandrayaan2 from Sriharikota is a proud moment for all Indians. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers for furthering India's indigenous space programme. May @ISRO continue to master new technologies, and continue to conquer new frontiers
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 22, 2019
The Prime Minister too extended his wishes.
Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history!
The launch of #Chandrayaan2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science.
Every Indian is immensely proud today! pic.twitter.com/v1ETFneij0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2019
Sushma Swaraj salutes India's space agency...
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 22, 2019
Akshay Kumar was quick to tweet too!
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 22, 2019
Shah Rukh Khan did what he does best... he made the launch a little filmy!
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 22, 2019
Former cricketer Virendra Sehwag also congratulated ISRO on the 'seamless launch'.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 22, 2019
...and these tweets are still coming in. After all, it's a very proud moment!
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 22, 2019
This is HISTORIC! Propelling a billion dreams into the sky. What a proud moment for 🇮🇳 #Chandrayaan2
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 22, 2019
I always looked up at the moon as a child, wondering what secrets it's hiding. The successful launch of #Chandrayaan2 will shed some light on these secrets, & motivate the next gen to help India's space exploration programme. I congratulate everyone at @ISRO for this success. pic.twitter.com/xy6aGt0xi3
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 22, 2019
#Chandrayaan2 is the outcome of the brilliance and extraordinary commitment of our scientists of @ISRO and also the political will. This phenomenal achievement is the pride of our nation. Just couldn't help being there. A great privilege. Congratulations to all of you. -Sg #ISRO pic.twitter.com/4xr91q29BG
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 22, 2019
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 22, 2019
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) July 22, 2019
But guess what makes these Twitter reactions even better? YOU!
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 22, 2019
— Bahut Scope hai (@Bahut_Scope_Hai) July 22, 2019
ISRO be like Today : pic.twitter.com/QH7Y4ISQTL
— Guy Is Funny (@GuyIsFunny) July 22, 2019
The $146 million mission will enable India to carry out studies on the presence of water on the south pole of the moon. Only the United States, Russia and China have been on the moon. The rocket, carrying the unmanned Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, blasted off from a southern Indian space centre to cheers from thousands of onlookers, a live telecast showed. The launch had been delayed by a week due to a technical snag.
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