Months after failed lunar landing, India reveals plan for third moon mission

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India approves third moon mission

Explaining more about ISRO's future programmes, Sivan said that the space agency had allotted INR 600 Cr for the Chandrayaan 3 mission.

Chandrayaan-3, India's third lunar exploration mission, will attempt to land on the Moon again, Jitendra Singh, minister of state for department of space, confirmed Wednesday.

India's second lunar mission lander Chandrayaan 2 had lost contact shortly before the scheduled attempt to soft-land on the moon on September 7. The mission, which will include only one lander and one rover, has been approved by the government, Sivan added.

Sivan described 2020 as a big year - the year of Gaganyaan and Chandrayaan.

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Sivan stated that Chandrayaan 3 and Gaganyaan will be ISRO's top priorities in 2020.

India has announced it will make another attempt to land on the moon, following a mission that ended in failure previous year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sharpened India's focus on space since coming to power in 2014, with a pipeline of ambitious programs, including planned missions to study the sun and Venus, before eventually establishing its own space station.

The space agency plans to land on the moon's south pole in order to exploit its water ice, discovered in 2009, both for life support purposes and to split into hydrogen and oxygen for use as rocket propellant. "Four astronauts have been selected, who will undergo extensive training", he added.

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He added, "The Chandrayaan-2 mission can not be called a failure as we have learnt a lot from it".

He said the country was aiming to launch the mission in 2020 but that it "may spill over" to 2021. Up to 3 astronauts are to take part in the mission, which will be one of the landmark projects scheduled for the 75th anniversary of India's independence from British rule.

Indian Space Research Organisation will establish a second launch port in Thoothukodi district in Tamilnadu exclusively to launch small satellite launch vehicles.

"Even though we couldn't successfully soft land, the orbiter is still functioning and it is going to function for another seven years", Sivan said.

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Indian moon lander Vikram may have most likely crashed on the moon because the navigation control and guidance mechanism in the penultimate phase was not created to handle the large spike in speed that developed in the last 3-5 minutes of its descent.

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