India wants to be the 1st to land on uncharted Moon territory
“All the [ISRO] missions, whatever we have had till now [to the moon], have all landed near the moon’s equator. This is a place where nobody has gone,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, told the Hindu.
India’s second lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-2, seeks to gain access to some “new science” and information, the chairman said. For example, one of the goals of the probe is to find water on the Moon.Also on rt.com Greetings, Earthlings! 20,000 Russians snatch up land plots on the Moon
The space agency earlier said all three modules of the mission, Orbiter, Lander (Vikram), and Rover (Pragyan), are set to lift off aboard the GSLV-MkIII rocket between July 9 and 16, with an expected Moon landing on September 6. The launch was initially expected last year, but it was delayed several times to conduct further tests.
India is not the only country attempting to reach the uncharted south pole of the Moon. China has recently announced plans to build a lunar research station in the same area. However, it will not happen in the near future, as Beijing’s mission is to be launched in about 10 years, according to Xinhua.
“What they [China] are going to do, we don’t know. The main reason [why India is going there] is nobody has gone [to] that side till now,” Sivan said.
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