India’s Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MKIII-MI took off at 2.43 pm today in pursuit of its mission to become the fourth country to succeed in a moon landing. The previous attempt a week ago was called off an hour before launch on account of a technical snag. The lunar landing mission, Chandrayaan-2, is the most complex one attempt by Isro. It is a blend of three projects, the orbiter followed by the lander and eventually the rover which will be placed on the moon.
The scale of complexity can be gauged by the fact that a technologically advanced nation, Israel, was unsuccessful in its first attempt at moon landing in April.