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India’s space agency in Chennai, announced the launch of a spacecraft to the south pole of the Moon on Monday, following the end of the trial this week.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said that the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s launch is now set at 2:43PM local time, on Monday, adding that the cause of the above technical problem has been identified and corrected.
Monday’s launch attempt was called in less than an hour before the time of the 640-ton, 14-story rocket lifted off.
Chandrayaan-2, is the Sanskrit word for ” moon craft,” is designed to land on the south pole of the moon and sending a rover to explore on the water the deposits which have been confirmed by the 2008 lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1. The mission will also include the analysis of minerals, and to map the unexplored south pole to the surface using a digital camera, a seismometer, a heat tool, and a NASA-supplied laser retro in order to assist in the calculation of the distance from the Earth.
Its mission is to “boldly go where no country has ever gone before,” said ISRO in a statement.
NASA IS LOOKING FOR FUNDING FOR A RETURN TO THE MOON
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII, the transfer of the Chandrayaan-2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Center after the mission was broken off, in Sriharikota, in the southern part of India, on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the latest. India has called off the launch of lunar-a mission to explore the south pole of the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 mission, was demolished in less than an hour before the start on Monday. Indian Space Research Organization spokesman said a “technical problem” which was observed in the 640-tonne launch vehicle system.
(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Dr. K. Sivan, chairman of ISRO, said that the approximately $140 million mission is to be the nation’s most prestigious to date, in part because of the technical complexity of the right to land on the surface of the Moon. It is an event, which he describes as a “15 terrifying minutes.”
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.
But India is not alone in its ambitions as it is in competition with other nations in the international space race.
In the US, which celebrates it on the Saturday of the 50th anniversary 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.
APOLLO 11’S EPIC MISSION TO THE MOON IN THE PHOTOS
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)
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.
Das also urged New Delhi 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.
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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.