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India to launch next lunar probe in 2010 with Russian help

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:10 pm
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SRIHARIKOTA (India), (RIA Novosti) – Following the launch of India’s first unmanned mission to the moon on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said it could launch a second lunar probe in 2010 with Russian participation.

The successful lift-off of the Chandrayaan-1 saw India become the third Asian country to send an unmanned probe to the Earth’s largest satellite after Japan and China.

The spacecraft was carried into space by the Indian-built PSLV-C11 rocket, and will take 15 days to reach the moon.

Work on Chandrayaan-2, an Indo-Russian joint venture, is to begin after Chandrayaan-1 starts exploration work on the moon, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said.

The second mission, for which the ISRO and the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos have already signed an agreement, is to feature a lander and a rover for a soft landing on the moon.

“However, there would be a provision for accommodating payloads from other space agencies, as is the case with Chandrayaan 1,” Nair said.

Chandrayaan means “Moon Craft” in ancient Sanskrit.

Copyright 2008 RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

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