The historic launch of India's second moon mission grabbed attention globally with politicians, celebrities and even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulating the ISRO team.
Sharing technology and cooperating in space could also serve as a way to compete with United States plans for dominance in space.
The first earth-bound orbit-raising manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. Chandrayaan-2 is now an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago.
During the 14 Earth days in which Pragyan will be active, the rover will use its onboard particle x-ray spectrometer and laser spectroscope to study the chemical composition of the lunar surface near the landing site. Happily, the orbiter is also equipped with a high-resolution camera, so we should get to see some fantastic photos of the Moon's south pole region. Sivan had said that the spacecraft would be making a soft landing on the moon, "it will land on the South Pole".
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As per the schedule, Vikram, the moon lander will soft-land on the moon and then Pragyaan will roll out to explore the moon surface.
If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russian Federation, the U.S. and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon. This represents a golden chapter in the history of India of not only the development of science and technology but country itself also. "Scientists around the world are looking forward to the launch". This might raise the relations between the two nations and develop a worldwide coalition to counter Washington's ambitions for space exploration. Our scientists have shown that they are our heart of India who created many milestones. "I think it's a logical move from China if they want to have better relations with India, that they propose activities in those fields". ISRO is one public funded institution that is doing very well and showcasing the aspirations of Indian public.
Researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the U.S. noted that in the most enticing feature of this southernmost region is the craters, some of which never see the light of day reach their floors. Nearly half of them belong to US-based organisations, 300 originate from China and roughly half that number from Russian Federation.