International Media have hailed India's successful launch of its second moon mission Chandrayaan-2.
The Washington Post commented that India's low-cost, homegrown technology that has powered its space programme is a source of national pride and inspiration. Quoting experts, the Post said the successful second attempt so soon after the aborted launch highlights ISRO's confidence in its technological capabilities, which have not been hamstrung by its paltry 1.8 billion US Dollar budget.
In comparison, NASA received USD 21.5 billion in funds this year, the Post noted. The New York Times commented that if the rest of the mission goes as well, India will become the fourth nation - after the United States, Russia and China - to land on the moon, more than 200,000 miles away. Its target is a region near the mysterious South Pole, where no other missions have explored.
CNN said this mission is significant for India, the country wants to become a major space player and put Indian astronauts in space by 2022. Leading British newspaper, The Guardian reported that Chandrayaan-2 aims to become the first mission to conduct a surface landing on the lunar south pole region, where it will collect crucial information about the moon's composition.
The Times newspaper of London reported that India has launched a rocket to the moon, aiming to become the fourth country to land a craft on the lunar surface and cement its emergence as a leading space power. BBC commented that it is the most complex mission ever attempted by India's space agency. China's state-run Xinhua news agency gave extensive coverage to Chandrayaan-2's launch and reactions of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pakistan's leading newspapers on their websites displayed the news of the launch by international news agencies. (AIR NEWS)