NEW DELHI — India's state-owned space agency Sunday announced that it would launch its second lunar mission in January 2019.
India successfully launched its first mission, Chandrayaan-1, to the moon in 2008
"We are aiming to launch the mission on January 3 next year, but the window to land on the lunar surface is open till March 2019," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief, K Sivan, told the media in the southern city of Bengaluru.
Under its second lunar mission called Chandrayaan-2, ISRO will try to get an orbiter's analysis of the moon's conditions to collect data on its topography, mineralogy and exosphere. It will also attempt to land a rover on the moon's south pole.
India successfully launched its first mission, Chandrayaan-1, to the moon in 2008. It was launched on October 22, 2008, and included a probe, an impactor and an orbiter. Its moon impact probe crash-landed on the lunar surface on November 14, 2008.
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The first lunar mission in India costed about US$60 million.