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Chandrayaan-2: India’s historic moonshot appears to end in failure

Chandrayaan-2: India’s historic moonshot appears to end in failure

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India's attempt to become the first nation to land a spacecraft near the Moon's unexplored south pole has apparently ended in failure.The Chandrayaan-2 approached the Moon as normal until an error occurred about 2.1km (1.3 miles) from the surface, officials said.India's Space Research Organization (Isro) said it lost contact seconds before the ship was expected to land.India would have been the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the Moon.The country's first Moon mission - Chandrayaan-1, in 2008 - carried out the first and most detailed search for water on the lunar surface using radars.What happened?Chandrayaan-2 entered the Moon's orbit on 20 August and was due to make a controlled descent to the surface early on Saturday, ...
Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission

Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission

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Media playback is unsupported on your device India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on Monday from the Sriharikota space station. India's space chief said his agency had "bounced back with flying colours" after the aborted first attempt.India hopes the $ 150m (£120m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon's south pole.The lift-off was broadcast live on TV and the space agency's official social media accounts.There was applause in the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) control room minutes after the launch, as the rocket took off towards the outer atmosphere.
Chandrayaan-2: India space launch delayed by technical problem

Chandrayaan-2: India space launch delayed by technical problem

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The launch of India's second lunar mission has been halted, less than an hour before the scheduled blast-off, to due to a technical problem, says the Indian Space Research Organisation.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. The $ 150m mission - Chandrayaan-2 - aims to gather data on water, minerals and rock formations on the Moon. The Indian-made satellite had been scheduled for launch at 02:51 local time on Monday (21:21 GMT Sunday) from Sriharikota space station on India's eastern coast.But the countdown was halted 56 minutes before the launch time. A new launch time will be announced later, Isro sa...
Chandrayaan-2: India unveils spacecraft for second Moon mission

Chandrayaan-2: India unveils spacecraft for second Moon mission

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India's space agency has unveiled its spacecraft that it plans to launch next month and hopes to land on the Moon in early September. If successful, India will be the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, following the US, the former Soviet Union and China.Chandrayaan-2 will be the country's second lunar mission.India's first mission, Chandrayaan-1 which launched in 2008, was an orbiter and did not land on the Moon's surface. This mission will focus on the lunar's surface and gather data on water, minerals and rock formations. The new spacecraft will have a lander, an orbiter and rover. These are photos of the craft in the Indian Space and Research Organisation's (ISRO) lab, where scientists have been bus...