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It is taking a major step in its space programme, India is looking to solidify its place as the world’s space-exploring nations, the second unmanned mission to the Moon, and focused on a land rover, in the area of the unexplored lunar south pole.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to launch a space vehicle with the use of domestic technology on Monday, planning to land on the Moon, Sept. 6 or 7 years old. The $141-million Chandrayaan-2 mission is to analyze minerals, map of the unexplored south pole, the surface and search for water.
To “boldly go where no country has ever gone before,” said ISRO in a statement.
India is growing as the world’s fifth-largest economy, India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi, is determined to show that his country’s security and technological pre-eminence on the world stage.
India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon back in March, that is, Modi said it demonstrated the country’s ability to be a space power alongside the United States, Russia, and China. There is also a plan to send a man into space by 2022, making it the fourth nation to do so.
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But India is not alone in its ambitions as it is in competition with other nations in the international space race.
In the USA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month of the Apollo 11 mission that made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men on the moon, has been in the works for sending a manned spacecraft to the asteroid’s south pole by 2024. Israel also tried to take the land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in April, but has failed at the first privately funded lunar landing and crashed.
As a worker, playful, cuddly toys, and a cut-out of a half-moon, at the Nehru Planetarium in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 11, 2019. India is on the lookout for a big leap in the space program, and to solidify its position in the world’s spacefaring nations in its second unmanned mission to the moon, and it focuses on the landing of a rover in the area of the unexplored south pole. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
India’s first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, the name of which is Sanskrit for “moon craft,” to orbit the Moon in 2008, and helped to confirm the presence of water. In the year 2013-2014, India has sent a satellite in to the orbit of Mars, and the nation’s first interplanetary mission. The country has been decades in the area of research has permitted the development of a satellite, communications and remote sensing technologies that solve everyday problems at home, such as the forecasting of fish migration and the ability to predict weather events such as storms and floods.
Critics have questioned the cost of the mission in the 1.3 billion-person country that is plagued by poverty and a high infant mortality rate. The author and economic commentator, Gurcharan Das, however, said that the cost of the second moon mission, it was a small thing in comparison to India’s total budget, and the moonshot, can have a multiplier effect on the economy.
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Das urged India to get out of the country and the private sector to get more involved in the mission of the research and development, which he said would bring “massive benefits” beyond the realm of space exploration.
Chandrayaan-2 will be a lunar orbiter, lander and a rover. The lander will carry a camera, a seismometer, a heat tool, and a NASA-supplied laser retro in order to assist in the calculation of the distance between the Earth and the moon.
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Many people are interested in the south pole of the moon, due largely to a light area, the introduction of a greater capacity of water. Water is an essential element for life, and find it to be a part of the knowledge is the higher goal is to determine whether or not there is life elsewhere in the solar system; India’s rover will be the first one to look at the water on the south pole.
“These days, it has become the place to go to,” said space expert, Nandivada Rathnasree.
Fox News’ Morgan, mr. Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.