Sivan also thanked almost 1,000 scientists, engineers, and other staff who worked on the mission.
A television screengrab shows Monday's launch of Chandrayaan, or Moon Chariot 2, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of India's southern Andhra Pradesh state. About 16 minutes after the launch, Chandrayaan-2 successfully separated from the launch vehicle to begin its 16-day orbit around Earth before heading off to the Moon. Unfortunately, things didn't quite go to plan, and the mission had to be called off at the last moment due to what was described as a technical "snag."
India's space chief said his agency had "bounced back with flying colours" after that aborted first attempt. "It is going to be 15 minutes of terror to safely land Vikram - lander on the south pole of the moon".
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Chandrayaan-1 operated for 312 days.
"The party also tweeted a photograph of Nehru along with Dr Vikram Sarabhai, known as the father of India's Space programme, and mentioned two Congress Prime Ministers for their contribution to the space mission".
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As India's rocket soared on a historic attempt to put a landing craft on the surface of the moon, so did the joy of millions of Indians across the globe.
Imaging of the landing site region prior to landing will be done for finding safe and hazard-free zones. Shortly after the launch, GSLV Mk III successfully injected the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft into Earth's orbit.
In March this year, India shot down one of its own satellites to demonstrate its anti-satellite weapon capabilities, with Modi making a public announcement of the event and hailing India's arrival as a space power. It will be orbiting in 100x100 km lunar orbit.
The Chairman said the mission is an important milestone in India's contribution towards exploring the outer space.
After Monday's blast-off, Modi channeled Indian nationalism. It is also the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology. The success rate is not really highly encouraging as it remains at 52 per cent.
India has had a space programme for decades, and has for years carried out low-priced satellite launches for foreign commercial and government players as well as national programmes including missions to the Moon and Mars. The carry capacity is four tons. Sharma is the first and only Indian citizen to enter space, having traveled aboard a Soviet rocket in 1984. The first one was on December 18, 2014 carrying Crew Module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment (3.7 ton).