Chandrayaan-2 Lifts Off!

Lift-off of Chandrayaan-2

Image credit: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, on July 22 at 0913 UTC. ISRO used the three-stage launch vehicle Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII-M1 to launch the 3840-kilogram Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an elliptical earth orbit. In the coming days, a series of orbital maneuvers will place Chandrayaan-2 on a Lunar Transfer Trajectory. Eventually the spacecraft will enter a 100-kilometer-high circular orbit around the Moon. Chandrayaan-2’s lander will land near 70 S latitude on September 7.

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