We bounced back with flying colours: Isro chief on Chandrayaan-2 launch

first_img Next Press Trust of India SriharikotaJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 20:24 IST Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan. (Photo: PTI)”We bounced back with flying colours… success is coming after a hollow”, a beaming Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said after the successful launch of Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, which was hit by a technical snag last week.Addressing the gathering at the mission control centre after the GLSV-MKIII-M1 injected the three-module spacecraft in a precise launch from this sport, Sivan said not only Isro and India but the entire world was waiting for the launch.”We bounced back in flying colours after the earlier technical snag. Success is coming after a hollow,” Sivan said crediting the entire Team Isro for the success.”Immediately after the technical snag was observed in an intelligent way one week back, the entire team swung into action. The work done in the next 24 hours to bring the vehicle back to normal was mind-boggling,” Sivan said.The Rs 978 crore-mission was called off on July 15 barely an hour before the lift-off after the scientists noticed a glitch in the three-stage rocket during the propellant filling phase.However, after quick remedial action, it was rescheduled for Monday and launched successfully.”I am extremely happy to announce that GSLV Mark III successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 in the defined orbit, infact the orbit is 6,000 km more than what was intended,” Sivan said.The Isro chief said the success of the mission marked the beginning of the historical journey of India towards the moon to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments.”Not only Isro and India, but the entire globe was waiting for this mission’s success, which we achieved now,” Sivan said.advertisementThe geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here into cloudy skies at 2.43 pm Monday and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit about 16 minutes later, completing the first phase of the mission.Noting that mission was yet to be completed, Sivan said the Chandrayaan-2 team was tasked with 15 “very crucial” manoeuvres in the next one-and-half months before the rover is landed on the lunar surface.”After the D-Day comes, we are going to experience 15 minutes of terror to ensure the landing is safely done near the Moon’s south pole,” Sivan said.Sivan was referring to the most complex phase of the mission when the scientists will carry out the soft landing of the rover on the Moon’s surface, expected around September 6-8.Crediting the Chandrayaan-2 team for “burning midnight oil” in the last one-and-a half years, Sivan said it was his dut to “salute” all of them who have worked for the mission’s success.Sivan expressed hope the space agency would work together, as always, for the missions in the pipeline, including Cartosat 3.Also Read | Chandrayaan-2 launched: Bullock cart to Moon, Internet documents India’s previous space missionsAlso Watch | The moment Chandrayaan 2 launched from SriharikotaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow Chandrayaan-2 We bounced back with flying colours: Isro chief on Chandrayaan-2 launchAddressing the gathering at the mission control centre, Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said not only Isro and India but the entire world was waiting for the launch.advertisementlast_img read more

EU urges Greece to step up reforms to get debt relief

ATHENS, Greece — The European Union’s top finance official says the Greek government can step up its reforms to qualify for a large debt relief payout in 10 days.Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici visited Athens a day after the European Commission said Greece had fallen behind on at least six major reforms. Eurozone finance ministers will meet on March 11 and decide whether to grant Greece a debt relief package worth nearly 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).Moscovici met Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Thursday and said discussions concentrated on two main issues: long-delayed plans to privatize coal-fired power stations and overhaul a protection scheme for insolvent mortgage holders so banks could reduce their huge stock of soured loans.Moscovici said overcoming those delays was “doable” before the March 11 meeting.The Associated Press read more