Hours after India’s Chandrayaan-2 lifted off, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of its second moon mission. The US space agency added they were looking forward to find out what the Indian space agency learns about the lunar south pole.
“Congrats to ISRO on the launch of Chadnrayaan 2, a mission to study the Moon. We’re proud to support your mission comms using our Deep Space Network and look forward to what you learn about the lunar South pole where we will send astronauts on our #Artemis mission in a few years,” Nasa tweeted.
The launch of India’s second moon mission garnered attention by global media with a leading US newspaper writing “India is on its way to the moon”, shortly after Isro’s powerful rocket GSLV MkIII M1 lifted off from the spaceport in Sriharikota at 2.43 PM and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit about 16 minutes later.
The launch of Chandrayaan-2 comes close on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11, when man first landed on the moon. India has also announced its intention of sending a manned space mission by 2022, the leading American newspaper noted.India’s low-cost, homegrown technology that has powered its space programme is a source of national pride and inspiration, it said.