India begins exploration on the moon16.08.2019 | 11:56 |
The Indian lunar station Chandrayaan-2 is already on its way to Earth's satellite. And, if everything goes according to plan, the Indian Space Research Organization (IOCI) is planning on September 7 this year to make a soft landing of the robotic device on the lunar surface.
Dr. K. Sivan, the chairman of the organization, described Chandrayaan-2 as "the most difficult space expedition ever made by India."
- Chandrayaan-2 is “three in one”: the orbiter, the Vikram lander, which will make a soft landing, and the small three-axis lunar rover Pragyan.
According to the plan, the lunar rover will study the lunar topographic map, mineralogy, exosphere, and also try to find hydroxyl - a water residue, and water ice.
The Indian satellite went into space on July 22, earlier on July 15, the launch had to be interrupted an hour before departure for technical reasons. This is the second satellite launched by India on the moon. Chandrayaan-1 was a joint project with the United States, Great Britain and the European Space Agency, which launched in 2008.
If Chandrayan-2 successfully lands on the lunar surface, India will become the fourth satellite-conquering country after the United States, Russia and China. But scientists are not going to stop there. By the end of this year, the country has planned 10 more space missions. And in the coming years, the IOCI plans to send space robotic rover for the study of Venus and Mars.
The fact that India is making big bets on technology and comes into line with super-powers on the face. And this is only the beginning. India already uses space technology to inspire its youth to become interested in science and innovation. As we know, science is the engine of progress.
Earlier this year, India has already demonstrated its potential, conducting an interesting experiment. A specially prepared rocket launched from the Bay of Bengal shot down the Microsat-R satellite. The test was carried out at low altitude to avoid the formation of a large amount of space rubbish.