India’s space agency planning to launch next lunar mission in 2018

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India’s space agency is planning to launch its next lunar mission in the first quarter of 2018.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft would include an orbiter and a lander, with that lander carrying a rover.

The mission will launch on a GSLV Mark 2 rocket.

The mission will come after a private Indian venture, Team Indus, expects to launch its own lunar lander and rover at the end of this year to compete for the Google Lunar X Prize. [Business Standard]


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