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‘Chandrayaan 2’ launch called off after technical slag

July 15, 2019

India's much awaited space mission Chandrayaan 2 was called off on early hours of Monday. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that is heading the mission said that the launch was cancelled due to a technical slag. 'Chandrayaan 2' was supposed to take off from ISRO base in Sriharikota at 2:51 am on Monday. The GSLV Mark III rocket was supposed to go up with a rover that will land moon in at least two months' time. ISRO tweeted that they would confirm the new date later.

A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later-ISRO

ISRO noticed the technical slag a few minutes before the launch. Hence, they had to call it off as a measure of precaution. If 'Chandrayaan 2' was successfully launched today, it would have reached moon by September. Then India would have been the fourth country to land on the moon after Russia, USA and China.

Many dignitaries including Indian President Ramnath Kovind was present at Sriharikota to witness the launch of 'Chandrayaan 2'. A lot of media personalities who had come from India and abroad to witness the launch were disappointed and that created commotion inside the ISRO base.

"Note to mediapersons: #Chandrayaan2 will be launched when everything is right. The postponement is neither unusual nor a cause for passing judgement", tweeted Nitin Pai, Director, Takshashila Institution.

"Everybody has been waiting eagerly so it's a dampener! But all the scientists @isro have been working hard over the years to make #Chandrayaan2 possible. So I am sure it's worth the wait. Thanks to the entire team of #ISRO who continue to work behind the scenes!", tweeted Rajan Susairaj.

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