Success on second try: How foreign media reacted to Chandrayaan 2 launch

Almost all top media houses across the world covered the giant leap of India’s space programme of launching a second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan 2, on Monday. And almost every media house headlined the news on how Isro managed the launch on its second attempt.

The New York Times (NYT), wrote, “India Launches Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission on Second Try”.

The article authored by Jeffrey Gettleman and Hari Kumar speaks about how nothing unites a nation better than a space programme.

The NYT wrote, “This would be a huge leap forward for India’s ambitious space program, and scientists and defense experts everywhere are watching to see whether the country can pull it off.”

It added, “So are countless Indians. There are few things as unifying for a nation as a successful space program, and, over the past few weeks, Chandrayaan-2 posters have popped up everywhere and schoolchildren have been hunched over mini-Chandrayaans made from empty plastic bottles, learning the physics of rocketry.”
Washington Post said, “We have liftoff! India launches moon mission on second attempt.”

Similarly, CNN said, “Success in India’s second attempt at launching moon mission”.

CNN’s report talks about how Isro overcame the technical snag to manage a successful liftoff on Monday afternoon.

“The country’s latest lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, which means “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state at 2:43 p.m., Monday local time (5:13 a.m. ET),” wrote CNN’s Helen Regan and Manveena Suri.

On the other hand, Aljazeera said, “India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 gets off the ground”.

British online newspaper The Independent said, “India launches Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon after calling off previous attempt”.

While Guardian said, “India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission lifts off a week after aborted launch”.

BBC also had a similar headline: “Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission”.

India soared towards the South Pole of the Moon in a major success of its space programme with the launch of Chandrayaan 2.

The second Moon mission will land a rover on the lunar surface in a first for the country. It is also the first time a country is attempting to explore the uncharted South Pole of the Moon.

India will be only the fourth nation after the US, China and Russia to land on the Moon.

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