Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh: The launch of Chandrayaan 1, India’s unmanned spacecraft to the moon was perfect, said the Indian Space Research Organisation minutes after lift-off from Sriharikota on Wednesday.
"It is a historic moment as far as India is concerned. We have started our journey for the moon and the first leg of the journey has gone perfectly well," said ISRO Chairperson G Madhavan Nair.
"It is a remarkable performance by the launch (vehicle). It is a perfect launch. Now it will be orbiting the earth, he said. "What we have started is a remarkable journey for the Indian spacecraft to go to the moon and try to unravel the mysteries of the moon.”
TEAM CHANDRAYAAN: G Madhavan Nair along with ISRO scientists after lift-off.
"We have been fighting against all odds," the scientist said explaining that heavy rains and cloudy skies over the last four days had led to a lot of worries about the launch.
"Fortunately, we had clear skies today (Wednesday) and we would be completing the remaining part of the journey within 15 days," Nair said.
George Koshy, Mission Director said: "It was like that the moon was coming and peeping how we worked..."