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Chandrayaan-2: India launches second mission to the moon

India successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it stopped the planned explosion due to a technical problem.

Chandrayan-2 was launched Monday at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) from the Sriharikota space station.

India’s space chief said his Agency “came back to normal” after a failed first attempt.

India hopes that the mission for 145 million dollars (116 million pounds) will be the first to land on the South pole of the moon.

The spacecraft entered earth orbit, where it will stay for 23 days before starting a series of maneuvers that will put it into lunar orbit.

The excerpt was broadcast live on television and on the official social networks of the space Agency.

A few minutes after the launch, applause began at the Indian space research organization (Isro) control room as the rocket took off into the outer atmosphere.

For the first time in the history of Indian space, the interplanetary expedition is led by two women – Mutaya Vanita, project Director, and Rita Karidal, mission Director.

This is the most difficult mission ever undertaken by the space Agency of India.

“This is the beginning of a historic journey of India to the moon”, – said the head of the Isro K. Sivan in his speech after the launch.

He thanked and congratulated almost 1,000 scientists, engineers and other staff who worked on the mission: “I am obliged to welcome all the people who have done the work.”

Prime Minister Narendra modi praised the mission for being “completely indigenous”.

According to ISRO, the countdown on July 15 was stopped 56 minutes before the launch after “a technical error in the launch vehicle system was discovered.” Indian media reported that the leak from a balloon with helium gas in the cryogenic engine of the rocket is to blame.

The fuel from the rocket was drained, and the scientists solved the problem.

“It was easy to fix, but it was a serious problem that could lead to a complete failure,” a source at Isro said.

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