Sriharikota: India moved towards its second tryst with the moon as ISRO's heavy lift rocket - the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) - carrying the 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh on July 22, 2019. The 43.4 metre tall, 640 ton rocket, nicknamed 'Bahubali' for as the hero in the successful film lifts a heavy lingam, it carries the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2, which will carry out India's second mission to its closest celestial neighbour. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Entertainment Magazine’s News Desk || IANS || July 22, 2019

Congratulations poured in on Monday after the successful launch of India’s second moon mission, with the embassies of Israel, the US and Germany conveying greetings to India’s space agency for the “giant leap”.

The Israeli embassy tweeted: “Congratulations India and Team @ISRO on successfully launching Mission #Chandrayaan2. Good luck on the @Chandrayaan2theMoon journey, we will be right behind you when Beresheet2 takes #IsraelToTheMoon.”

Beresheet-2 is Israel’s second mission to land an Israeli spacecraft on the Moon.

The US embassy posted: “Congratulations #ISRO on today’s giant leap! Next stop – the moon’! #Chandrayaan2 #CantWaitToSeeWhatYouDoNext #GSLVMkIII”

The German Embassy, in its congratulatory tweet, posted “India is a most valuable partner in cutting edge research in space and on our blue planet. Germany is proud to be a close partner of ISRO,” it said, and tagged the German aerospace centre DLR and also Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).