India Set To Relaunch Space Craft To The Moon

India is set to re-attempt the launch of its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched today, according to a space agency, Isro.

It added the spacecraft was ready “to take a billion dreams to the moon – now stronger than ever before”.

The space agency hopes the $150m mission will be the first to land on the moon’s south pole.

The countdown on 15 July was stopped 56 minutes before launch after a “technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system.

India’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.

India is using its most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MK-III), in this mission.

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