India to see launch of 2 moon missions in early 2018


New Delhi: The country will witness the launch of two lunar missions from Indian soil early next year.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission, an advanced version of its previous 2018 mission with the objective of deeper lunar surface probe, and another mission by Team Indus, a group of space enthusiasts who want to unfurl the tricolour on the moon’s surface as part of a global lunar competition.

Team Indus, comprising mostly young engineers and led by IIT-Delhi alumnus Rahul Narayan, is planning the mission as part of a global contest to win $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, which stipulates the rover of a competing team has to move 500 metre on the moon’s surface and should be able to beam back high-definition images back to Earth.

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