India announces it will land on the moon in SEPTEMBER

 In a Twitter post, Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) said: 'We are ready for one of the most exciting missions.

'Launch window between July 9-16 & likely Moon-landing on Sept 6, 2019.'

In its latest website statement, ISRO added: 'Chandrayaan-2, India's second lunar mission, has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) & Rover (Pragyan)

Rocks in this lunar region are thought to be four billion years old and could  provide a precious source of nuclear energy.

All previous lunar crafts have landed near the equator and this is the first time one will landed near the south pole - a currently unexplored territory. 

It is the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) second lunar probe and the first one destined to land on the moon.

It is thought that the mission was delayed in April due to damages to Vikram, the moon lander craft, including minor problems with two of its legs. 

'Some structural damage was found during the test', said K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at the timed.

 'And then it has been found that this was because the test configuration and orientation was wrong.'

The country's first mission, Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008 and was terminated a year early after scientists lost contact with the unmanned orbiting spacecraft.
The £49 million ($69 million) mission was launched amid national euphoria, putting India in the Asian space race alongside rival China and reinforcing its claim to be considered a global power.

A vehicle landed on the moon a month later and sent back images of the lunar surface.

But a crucial sensor in the main craft, orbiting the moon, malfunctioned in July 2009, curtailing the two-year mission.

The satellite is believed to have crashed into the moon's surface.





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