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Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:18 am
by brian livesey
Last September, after going into lunar orbit, India's Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter relayed scientific information back to Earth, but an attempt to put a rover on the Moon's surface ended in a crash landing. The probe was meant to search for water at the Moon's south polar region.
Now, Chandarayaan-3 is planned. It will have a lander and a rover, but no orbiter, and will probably be launched some time this year.
India's Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) is also making progress in its aim to launch astronauts into space in its Gaganyaan project, costing £1.1bn. Four candidates have been selected for astronaut training.
India has a policy of attempting lower-cost space projects. Its sucessful Mars mission in 2014 cost £56m, less than the cost of the sc-fi movie "Gravity".