PM Modi hails 'Chandrayaan-2' launch

The launch of 'Chandrayaan-2' illustrates the prowess of Indian scientists and the determination of 130 crore countrymen to scale new frontiers of science, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

Soon after the launch, the prime minister took to Twitter to hail the success and also sent a congratulatory audio message to those involved in the launch, saying the scientists overcame the glitches spotted during the previous launch thus proving their grit and determination.

India has successfully launched its second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2' on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport in Sriharikota to explore the unchartered south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover.

"Thanks to 'Chandrayaan', India's lunar programme will get a substantial boost. Our existing knowledge of the moon will be significantly enhanced," the prime minister tweeted.

On the importance of 'Chandrayaan-2', Modi said, the mission is unique because it will explore the south pole of lunar terrain and perform studies on the region which has not been explored and sampled by 'any past mission'.

"What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that 'Chandrayaan-2' is a fully indigenous mission... It will have an orbiter for remote sensing the moon and also a Lander-Rover module for analysis of lunar surface. Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history!" he wrorte on the microblogging site.

(with news agency inputs)