Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with the rest of the country hailed ‘Nari Shakti’ and greeted the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for its historic achievement of the successful launch of India’s heavy rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar exploration mission. The rocket has been nicknamed the`Bahubali’.
The spacecraft was launched at 2:43 pm on July 22nd, 2019 from the Sriharikota space station. It is hoped that the $150m mission will be the first to land on the Moon’s south pole to focus on searching water, minerals, measuring moonquakes and so on.
In a series of tweets, Sonowal sang praises for the successful launch of Chandrayan-2 and added that the achievement is a testament to India’s growing clout in space.
It may be mentioned that for the first time in India’s space history, such expedition is being led by two women – Muthaya Vanitha, the project director, and Ritu Karidhal, the mission director.
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also applauded the ISRO team for the exemplary expedition. Sarma said the mission ‘an epitome of inspiration, innovation and discovery’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind were among the first to congratulate ISRO. Modi said that the mission is a matter of joy for every Indian as the Chandrayaan-2 is a fully indigenous mission.
President Kovind said that the historic launch of Chandrayaan 2 is a proud moment for all Indians.