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#Chandrayaan2: GSLV rocket carrying ambitious lunar mission takes off

The Rs 976 crore worth mission will inject the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into Earth orbit, about 16 minutes later, marking the first phase of the ambitious mission that will take about 48 days to land on the moon surface.

Sriharikota: India successfully launched its second most ambitious moon mission 'Chandrayaan-2' with the help of its three-stage GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket, blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 2.43 p.m amid cloudy skies.

Chandrayaan-2: All you need to know about India's Rs 976 crore lunar mission

The three-component Chandrayaan-2 comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover will undergo 15 crucial manoeuvres before landing on the moon, expected by the first week of September, Indian Space Research Organisation said.

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Earlier, a 20-hour countdown for the launch started at 6.43 pm Sunday after ISRO scientists rectified the glitch that prompted them to call off the earlier launch.

Billed as the most complex and prestigious mission undertaken by ISRO since its inception, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country to soft land a rover on the lunar surface after Russia, the United States and China.

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