Tests of the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander and Pragyan rover / Credits: ISRO

India announces a new lunar mission 

The first years of the 21st century saw China, Japan and India consecutively launch dedicated lunar research missions. The Chinese Chang’e 1, Indian Chandrayaan-1 and Japanese Kaguya missions all conducted remote observations of the Moon between 2007 and 2008. One could claim that a small lunar race was getting started. Although on the long-term China have successfully gained a lead in the exploration of the Moon, in this post I would like to focus on the Indian achievements.

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