In pics: India launches historic bid to put spacecraft on Moon

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Chandrayaan-2 was launched on India's most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII. It carried an orbiter, a lander and a rover almost entirely designed and made in India. (PTI )
1/11Chandrayaan-2 was launched on India's most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII. It carried an orbiter, a lander and a rover almost entirely designed and made in India. (PTI )
The new mission comes almost 11 years after the launch of India's first lunar mission -- Chandrayaan-1 -- which orbited the Moon and searched for water. (PTI )
2/11The new mission comes almost 11 years after the launch of India's first lunar mission -- Chandrayaan-1 -- which orbited the Moon and searched for water. (PTI )
People celebrate as they watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata. (Reuters)
3/11People celebrate as they watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata. (Reuters)
People wave the Indian flag as they gather to watch the launch of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. India successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon on Monday, a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem.  (AP)
4/11People wave the Indian flag as they gather to watch the launch of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota, India, Monday, July 22, 2019. India successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon on Monday, a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem. (AP)
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 (Moon Chariot 2), on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches in Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh on July 22, 2019. - India launched a bid to become a leading space power on July 22, sending up a rocket to put a craft on the surface of the Moon in what it called a
5/11The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 (Moon Chariot 2), on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches in Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh on July 22, 2019. - India launched a bid to become a leading space power on July 22, sending up a rocket to put a craft on the surface of the Moon in what it called a "historic day" for the nation. (AFP)
Pune: Fergusson College students watch the live telecast of ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 launch, in Pune, Monday. (PTI)
6/11Pune: Fergusson College students watch the live telecast of ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 launch, in Pune, Monday. (PTI)
The lander -- named after Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of India's space programme -- will carry the rover to near the lunar South Pole. ISRO scientists will remotely control the rover named Pragyaan --
7/11The lander -- named after Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of India's space programme -- will carry the rover to near the lunar South Pole. ISRO scientists will remotely control the rover named Pragyaan -- "wisdom" in Sanskrit -- as it carries out experiments. It will work for one lunar day, the equivalent of 14 Earth days, studying rocks and soil on the Moon's surface. (AFP)
Sriharikota: People celebrate with a Tricolour after the successful launch India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle, in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)
8/11Sriharikota: People celebrate with a Tricolour after the successful launch India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 by GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle, in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)
The 2.4-tonne (5,300-pound) orbiter is expected to circle the Moon for about a year, taking images of the surface, looking for signs of water, and studying the atmosphere. Chandrayaan-2 stands out because of its low cost, with some $140 million spent on preparations for the mission -- a much smaller price tag compared with similar missions by other countries. (PTI )
9/11The 2.4-tonne (5,300-pound) orbiter is expected to circle the Moon for about a year, taking images of the surface, looking for signs of water, and studying the atmosphere. Chandrayaan-2 stands out because of its low cost, with some $140 million spent on preparations for the mission -- a much smaller price tag compared with similar missions by other countries. (PTI )
Gurukul Students enjoy the live telecast of the launching of Chandrayaan 2, in Surat on Monday.  (ANI)
10/11Gurukul Students enjoy the live telecast of the launching of Chandrayaan 2, in Surat on Monday. (ANI)
Sriharikota: India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)
11/11Sriharikota: India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)
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