Chandrayaan-2: India announces new date for Moon mission


18th July, 2019 03:48:10 printer

Chandrayaan-2: India announces new date for Moon mission

India has announced a new date to launch its second lunar mission after the scheduled blast-off was halted on Monday due to a technical snag.

Chandrayaan-2 will now be launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on 22 July, India's space agency said.

The countdown on Monday was stopped 56 minutes before the launch after a "technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system," it added.

It hopes the $150m mission will be the first to land on the Moon's south pole.

The country's first lunar mission in 2008 - Chandrayaan-1 - did not land on the lunar surface, but it carried out the first and most detailed search for water on the Moon using radars.

The latest mission will focus on the lunar surface, searching for water and minerals and measuring moonquakes, among other things.

If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon's surface.

Only the US, China and the former Soviet Union have been able to do so.