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India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world’s spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon(REUTERS)

India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race

New Delhi | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 08:45 PM IST
With India poised to become the world’s fifth-largest economy, the ardently nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen to show off the country’s prowess in security and technology.
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon in this photo provided by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency on January 3.(AP Photo)
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon in this photo provided by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency on January 3.(AP Photo)

Chinese rover leaves first-ever ‘footprint’ on dark side of moon

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 03:36 PM IST
The rover touched the lunar surface at 10:22 pm (local time) on Thursday, leaving a trace on the soft, snow-like surface.
The blast-off marked the start of a long journey to the far side of the moon for the Chang’e-4 mission, expected to land around the New Year to carry out experiments and survey the untrodden terrain.(Reuters)
The blast-off marked the start of a long journey to the far side of the moon for the Chang’e-4 mission, expected to land around the New Year to carry out experiments and survey the untrodden terrain.(Reuters)

Dark side of the moon: Chinese rover to land where none other has

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2018 11:38 AM IST
The Chang’e-4 lunar probe mission — named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology — launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre at 2:23 am (1823 GMT), according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The Rs 800-crore lunar mission named “Chandrayaan-2” comes over a decade after India went up to the lunar orbit on November 8, 2008 after the “Chandrayaan-1” (pictured) launch on October 22 onboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.(AP/File Photo)
The Rs 800-crore lunar mission named “Chandrayaan-2” comes over a decade after India went up to the lunar orbit on November 8, 2008 after the “Chandrayaan-1” (pictured) launch on October 22 onboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.(AP/File Photo)

India’s second lunar mission to land on moon with lander, rover: ISRO

Bengaluru | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 07:43 PM IST
The 3,890-kg Chandrayaan-2, which will be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3, will orbit around the moon and study its lunar conditions to collect data on its topography, mineralogy and exosphere.
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