India launched to the Moon orbital module with a lunar rover
On July 22, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched to the Moon the orbital station Chandrayaan-2 with the Pragyan lunar rover.
Pragyan is equipped with solar panels, from which it must work for at least one lunar day – 14 Earth days. During this time, the lunar rover will collect data on the lunar surface. It is expected that the orbital module will remain in operation for about a year.
Landing apparatus at the south pole of the moon is scheduled for September 6 or 7. In the case of the success of the mission “Chandrayaan-2”, India will become the fourth country after the United States, the USSR and China, which has landed its moon rover on the satellite.
The first lunar expedition of India "Chandrayaan-1" took place in 2008. Then the orbital module checked the Moon for water using radar. The second launch was to take place in April 2018, but was postponed. The cost of the mission is estimated at $ 150 million.
In April 2019, an Israeli module crashed while landing on the moon.
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