India moon mission lifts off to send rover to lunar south pole Social Sharing1 min read

Aircraft to land near unexplored far side of the moon in September

India’s space agency says it has launched an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem.

The view of the launch pad last week before the Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted, less than an hour before takeoff due to a ‘technical snag.’ (Manish Swarup/Associated Press)

Scientists at the mission control centre burst into applause as the rocket carrying the unmanned Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft lifted off in clear weather as scheduled at 2:43 p.m. local time Monday.

Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for moon craft, is designed to land on the lunar south pole in September and send a rover to explore water deposits confirmed by a previous mission that orbited the moon.

The misson’s scheduled launch a week ago was called off less than an hour before liftoff due to a “technical snag.”

The liftoff marks India’s bid to become only the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon. Only the United States, Russia and China have accomplished the feat.

India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, orbited the moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water.

India plans to send its first manned spaceflight by 2022.

Sources: • CBC

Featured Image: Manish Swarup/Associated Press

Sebastien Clarke
Sebastien Clarke

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