July 22, 2022 7 min read
Chandrayaan-1 was India's first ambitious lunar mission under the same programme. Chandrayaan, which means “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, showcases India’s interest in space. Chandrayaan-1 paved the way for Chandrayaan-2.
On Jul 22nd 2019, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched on this date. It weighed 3,840-kg when it was launched into the earth's orbit. From there on, Chandrayaan-2 satellite had started its journey to the moon after it left the earth's orbit in the dark hours on August 14.
Despite everything, in a major milestone for India's second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit on August 20. In a breakthrough, on August 22, Isro released the first image of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-2. We were halfway successful as well when the lander 'Vikram' and rover 'Pragyan.’ The 1,471 kg 'Vikram', named after Vikram Sarabhai, father of the Indian space programme, was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface but it did not.
Even though it missed landing on the moon, Chandrayaan 2 was a successful mission for India. It spoke volumes of our progress and has set the base for Chandrayaan 3. Our biggest learning from this attempt is that we may not always be successful in our endeavour but it will lead us to bigger things in life. The key is to start somewhere. Chandrayaan 2 was also a mission that was regulated monetarily with limited spends on 750K USD as compared to millions spent by other countries.
It was also a landmark achievement for India’s space journey. We have made a name for ourselves in the world on the back of all the efforts put in by great scientists and engineers like Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Dr. K. Sivan, Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, S. Nambi Narayanan to name a few.
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