Interaktive Grafik zeigt die geplante Landung des indischen Rovers auf dem Mond.


Indien plant zweite Mission zum Mond

July 15, 2019 - Indiens Chandrayaan-2 Raumsonde soll einen aktenkoffergroßen Rover auf dem Mond absetzen, 600km entfernt vom Mondsüdpol. Indessen sucht der Orbiter von oben nach Wasser – lebenswichtig für zukünftige bemannte Missionen.

The Indian Space Research Organisation's space agency plans to launch a spacecraft in the early hours of July 15 local time (July 14 European/U.S. time), in the hopes of landing a rover vehicle on the moon. If successful, India will be the fourth nation to soft land on the lunar surface – after the U.S. former Soviet Union and China.

The Chandrayaan-2 will be the country's second lunar mission, after the previously successful Chandrayaan-1 orbited our nearest celestial neighbour in 2008.

This mission will focus on the lunar surface – gathering data on water, minerals and rock formations.

If all goes to plan, a lander and rover (with a two-week lifespan) will touch down near the lunar south pole in September, the first to ever do so in that region.

PUBLISHED: 09/07/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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