Chandrayaan-2, India's second mission to the moon, is set to launch on July 15.
India will become only the fourth country, after the US, Russia and China, to reach Earth's satellite if successful.
Those bright orange flames were missing, as was the earth-shaking roar of rocket engines, but the task was successfully completed as Indian space scientists carried out the first full dress rehearsal ahead of launch of Chandrayaan-2, India's second probe to the Moon, ahead of its flight on Monday, July 15, onboard the very big GSLVMkIII rocket, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota Range.
About 16 minutes into its flight, the Rs 375 crore GSLV Mk III rocket will put into orbit the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.
India successfully completed its first lunar probe mission, Chandrayaan-1, in October 2008.
Chandrayaan-1 was carried a range of scientific equipments, both Indian and global, to the lunar orbit.
Fifty years after Armstrong and Aldrin first landed on the moon, a historic new moon landing mission is readying for launch. Chandrayaan 1 was sent to the moon only equipped with an orbiter and an "impactor" that crashed into the Moon's surface near the South Pole.
The Orbiter with eight scientific experiments will continue its mission for a duration of one year. During Chandrayaan-1, the Mini-Synthetic Aperture Radar (Mini-SAR) found water-ice deposits in craters on the far side of the moon which was considered as a significant finding. The lunar lander, known as "Vikram", and a rover, known as "Pragyan", will set up shop in the south, far further than any previous mission to the moon.
Chandrayaan-2 will deploy a lunar rover toward the moon's south pole.
In Chandrayaan-2, a total of 13 payloads are distributed across the three modules where the Orbiter and Vikram Lander are stacked upon each other whereas the Pragyan Rover is housed inside the lander.
The mission also has one passive experiment from the USA space agency NASA. This includes a terrain mapping camera to map the lunar surface and collect data on the moon's evolution. Similarly, the lander will facilitate communications between the rover, orbiter and Earth.
Consequently, the liquid engine was once more fired to make the spacecraft travel to the vicinity of the Moon by following a path called the "Lunar Transfer Trajectory (LTT)".
On entering the Moon's sphere of influence, on-board thrusters will slow down the spacecraft for Lunar Capture.
Subsequently, the six-wheeled rover Pragyaan will roll out and carry out two experiments on lunar surface for a period of one lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days. A lunar orbit insertion burn will place Chandrayaan-2 into an elliptical orbit and the spacecraft will begin braking to reduce its orbit to a 100-kilometer circle.