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India space launch delayed by technical problem

15. 11. 2019 | 1.09pm
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India space launch delayed by technical problem

India's second lunar mission had to be stopped an hour before launch due to a technical glitch.

The countdown stopped 56 minutes before the launch after a "technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system," India's space agency said.

The satellite was scheduled to launch from the Sriharikota space station on the east coast of India at 2:51 am.The company says it is ready to launch another day and will announce the new launch day later.

 The mission, Chandrayaan-2, is worth $ 150 million and is expected to be the first to land at the Moon's South Pole. It will focus on the lunar surface and perform tasks such as searching for water and minerals and also moonquakes.

 If succesful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. Only the US, China and the former Soviet Union have made a successful landing on the Moon.

-BBC

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