The unmanned Chandrayaan 1 mission will launch in June, a delay of about three months. Separately, India will soon announce the exact flight dates of its first manned mission to the moon
A report in The Times of India reveals that the launch of Chandrayaan-1, originally scheduled for April, has been slightly pushed back to June due to technical issues.
Chandrayaan-1 is a project of the Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) whose goal is to send an unmanned spacecraft to the Moon. The original idea was raised by the Indian Academy in 1999 and in the following years the idea began to take shape until in 2003 the government made a decision to achieve the goal through the Indian Space Agency.
It should be noted that only two Asian countries have sent (unmanned) spacecraft to the moon - Japan and China. Japan was the first to send a robotic spacecraft Kaguya (Kaguya) in September 2007, and in October of the same year China sent its robotic spacecraft (Chang'e I lunar satellite).
The first Indian spacecraft to the moon is budgeted at 100 million dollars. And it is supposed to take off in June, according to the report in the Times, and according to the plans, India's next spacecraft will be launched to the moon in 2012. The chairman of the Indian Space Agency also added that by the end of the year the schedule for India's manned lunar mission will be published.
Since the Apollo program, during which 6 manned spacecraft landed on the surface of the moon between 1969 and 1972, no manned spacecraft have been sent to the moon. However, three relatively quiet decades have sparked a new wave of interest in our white neighbor and several nations are already openly working on various plans to return man to the moon.
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