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Interactive graphic toont hoe India een verkenner op de Maan wil krijgen.


India plant tweede missie naar de Maan

July 15, 2019 - India's ruimtevaartuig Chandrayaan-2 moet een verkenner – formaat
aktentas – op de maan zetten, 600 km van de Zuidpool, terwijl een satelliet zoekt naar water, van vitaal belang voor toekomstige bemande missies.

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