New Delhi: As India gears up for round two of the ambitious moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 is all set for its historic flight to explore the south pole region of Moon. The rocket will be launched at 2:43 PM sharp on Monday from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Also Read - ISRO Likely To Launch 'Game Changer' Satellite On March 28, Check Details Here

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The Rs 978-crore mission, which was originally scheduled to set off at 2.51 AM on July 15 was rescheduled just 56 minutes before the launch due to a technical glitch. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists aborted the mission but took swift remedial actions and announced the re-launch three days ago. Also Read - New Satellite To Carry PM Modi's Photo And Bhagavad Gita To Space, 25000 Citizens Given Pass

A 20-hour countdown began on Sunday evening at 6:43 PM, the space agency tweeted. “All preparatory work for Chandrayaan-2 launch completed. Technical snags that developed in the first attempt have been rectified. Chandrayaan-2 will perform 15 crucial manoeuvres in days to come,” ISRO chairman K Sivan had informed yesterday.

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission, has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) & Rover (Pragyan). The Orbiter and Lander modules will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle.

Interestingly, GSLV MK-III launch vehicle was nicknamed as ‘Bahubali’ after the muscular hero of the successful film with the same title, as the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-II spacecraft.

India’s first Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 scripted history by making more than 3,400 orbits around the Moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009. At that time, it was supposed to be a joint India-Russia mission but was halted owing to the design flaws detected in the Russian lander and rover.

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    Cricket Captain Virat Kohli also congratulated ISRO for the launch of Chandrayaan-2

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a string of tweets noting the uniqueness of Chandrayaan-2 and said that efforts like this encourage India’s ‘bright youngsters’.

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    ‘Good time to remember Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr Manmohan Singh’, Congress tweets out its hearty congratulations to ISRO scientists for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2.

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    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated the ISRO team in his tweet saying, “The nation is extremely proud of its scientists and Team ISRO.”

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in celebration of the triumphant launch calling it the “prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science”.

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    Politicians and celebrities around the world have been hailing the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2.

    Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said “Chandrayaan-2 has been successfully launched. I extend my heartiest congratulations to our countrymen on this momentous achievement. Our scientists deserve a special compliment, their achievement has enhanced the country’s pride.”
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    Announcing the successful launch of GSLV MK-III as it injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit, ISRO Chief K Sivan says, “It is the beginning of a historic journey of India towards moon & to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments.”

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    Scientists at the ISRO control room are at the edge of their seats as they closely monitor the rocket gaining momentum as it headed towards outer space.