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India Moon Science Asia Pacific India postpones launch of its moon mission

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India’s space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon on Monday after an aborted work this week.

The Indian Space Research Organization said that the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now postponed at 2:43pm on Monday. It said on Thursday that an expert committee acknowledged the root cause of the previous technical problem and all remedial actions were now applied.

The mission was called off less than an hour before launch of the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher on Monday.

Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” is designed to make a soft landing on the lunar South Pole and send a traveler to discover water deposits that were confirmed by a previous orbiting Indian space mission.

The new launch plan came earlier than estimated.

Dr K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, said that the around $140 million Chandrayaan-2  mission was the nation’s most significant to date, in part because of the technical complications of soft landing on the lunar surface – an event he described as “15 terrifying minutes.”

India would be the fourth country to do so, if India did manage the soft landing, after the Russia, US and China.


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