India’s 2nd moon mission launch halted over snag

India’s 2nd moon mission launch halted over snag



The launch of India’s second mission to the moon was called off early Monday due to a snag, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.

“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” the ISRO tweeted.

The GSLV Mk-III rocket was scheduled to go up from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 2.51 a.m. (2121GMT) with a rover that was expected to land near the South Pole of the moon on Sept. 6.

A successful mission would make India the fourth country to carry out a soft landing on the moon.

The ISRO earlier said: “This mission will help us gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon by conducting detailed topographical studies…and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface.”

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