'Will be etched in our glorious history': PM lauds team Chandrayaan-2

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Isro chairperson K Sivan said the GSLV Mark III "over-performed", injecting the spacecraft into an orbit 6,000km higher than the intended original, giving the satellite team time and fuel for necessary manoeuvres.

Private sector players had a significant role to play in the success of the state-run ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 mission with companies like Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Godrej group contributing with hardware and testing solutions.

Besides private sector, the State-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL) also supplied special-quality stainless steel from its Salem steel plant for the requirements for stringent specifications, superior surface finish and close tolerances for the mission.

With this breakthrough, SAIL is optimistic of leveraging other aerospace grades of stainless steel for the space launch vehicle components in future.

Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh trolled some countries with moon on their national flags, including Pakistan, after India's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 was blasted off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota on Monday.

The lander - named after Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of India's space programme - will carry the rover and be placed on the surface near the lunar South Pole.

The Chandrayaan-2 space mission consists of an orbiter, a landing module and a small rover.

The Chairman said the mission is an important milestone in India's contribution towards exploring the outer space. In its first moon outing with Chandrayaan-1, India had been instrumental in the discovery of water molecules on its surface. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said of the mission as anxious faces in the 7,500-strong visitor gallery and tension in the mission control room gave way to cheers and applause. It carried an orbiter, a lander and a rover nearly entirely designed and made in India.

The mission will also serve as a test for the powerful three-stage Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III M1, which will be used for India's first human space mission, the Gaganyaan, set for launch by 2022.

Earlier in the day, Negi showed the students models of Chandrayaan-2, which they attempted to replicate.

IT'S CHEAP: Unlike other moon missions, the Chandrayaan-2 weighing 3.8 tonnes is extremely cost-effective, with a total estimated cost of ₹978 crore- ₹603 crore for the space segment and ₹375 crore for the launch. "You deserve special congratulations for this", Modi said. Media reports scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization identified a leak while filling helium in the rocket's cryogenic engine.

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