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India Hopes To Land On The Moon By 2020 Via Chandrayaan 3

According to a news report, India’s own space agency, the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) is hard at work pursuing a plan of landing on the Moon by the year 2020. This comes just months after the lander of its last supposed Moon mission, the Vikram, lost contact with the ISRO and crash landed on the Moon. The lander is yet to be found.

Another Shot at the Moon

Per an official release, the ISRO is already working on the Chandrayaan 3, which is the successor of the Chandrayaan 2. This time, however, the mission would only include a lander and a rover since the orbiter of Chandrayaan 2 is still working.

An unnamed scientist from the Indian Space Agency said that in order to avoid the Vikram lander’s fate, the new lander would have stronger legs that would allow it to withstand the impact of a high velocity landing. This is because last Sept. 6, Chandrayaan 2’s own lander Vikram fell silent during its lunar landing. Per ISRO, its engineers have already spotted it on the Moon’s surface, yet instruments aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter haven’t spotted it ever since its supposed crash landing.

"It is essential to carry out detailed analysis on the changes for improving the lander system considering the recommendations of both the expert committee (formed to look into  Chandrayaan 2) and the recommendations which could not be implemented due to [the] advanced stage of Chandrayaan 2 flight preparation," read an ISRO office order released just recently. Furthermore, the ISRO already has three subcommittees, as well as an overall panel that are examining the new mission. Additionally, the space agency has also held four high-level meetings about the upcoming mission since October, all of which are focused on examining the navigation techniques, spacecraft components and the landing site that will be used.

As of the moment, however, a launch date is yet to be revealed and the suggested payloads for the upcoming lunar mission has not been confirmed yet. Nonetheless, what’s confirmed is the mission’s completion date, which is November 2020.

moon-1527501_960_720 A photo of Earth's moon. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)

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