India Will Launch Monday Mission To the South Pole of the Moon after a Failed Attempt

India Will Launch Monday Mission To the South Pole of the Moon after a Failed Attempt

India announced on Thursday that next Monday it will again try to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission to the unexplored south pole of the Moon after a first attempt was suspended this week due to a technical problem.

The launch of Chandrayaan-2 has been rescheduled for July 22, 2019 at 14:43 local time (9.13 GMT) from the second launch platform of the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) said the Space Research organization of India (ISRO) in a statement.

The Indian agency suspended the first launch in the early hours of Monday, just one hour before takeoff, due to a problem in the launch vehicle system.

"A committee of experts was formed to analyze the issue and propose a solution, the expert committee identified the fundamental cause of the technical problem and all corrective actions have been applied," said ISRO.

It is India's second lunar exploration mission designed after its previous version, Chandrayaan-1, was put into lunar orbit on November 2008.

India is looking this time to explore the south pole of the lunar surface and discover more about the mineral composition of the satellite and the presence of water.

An Active Space Program

If successful, Chandrayaan-2 will turn India into the fourth member country of the club of nations that touched the moon, a feat previously achieved by Russia, the United States, and China, and the first to land on the satellite's South Pole.

The Asian nation has one of the most active space programs in the world and began placing satellites in Earth orbit in 1999.

The achievements of the ISRO are accentuated if one takes into account that it had a budget in 2017-18 of about 1,176 million Euros compared to 17,401 million in 2019 of NASA, limited resources that have not prevented the organization India has earned a favorable reputation.

Their missions to the Moon and Mars, as well as their cheap launching of dozens of satellites at the same time, have contributed too many countries choosing the Asian nation to put their small devices in orbit.

Among the next objectives of the ISRO is to put its space station in orbit, missions to Venus or the Sun and its first manned shipment to space.

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