Indian spacecraft now orbiting moon in search for water

Mail Online | 8/20/2019 | Peter Lloyd for MailOnline
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An unmanned spacecraft has begun orbiting the moon before it lands on the far side to search for water.

The Indian Space Research Organisation said it has manoeuvred Chandrayaan – the Sanskrit word for 'moon craft' – into lunar orbit.

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The precise moment that happened was 09:02 local time (04:32 GMT) on Tuesday.

Chandrayaan will continue circling the planet in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 62 miles from the surface.

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The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts to land in the south polar region of the moon on September 7.

A rover will search for water deposits which were confirmed by a previous Indian moon mission.

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Scientists have said the water deposits could make the moon a good refuelling station for further space travel.

The $145m (£116m) mission was launched on 22 July and Indian officials hope it will be the first-ever to land on the Moon's south pole.

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It is the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) second lunar probe, and the first one destined to land on the moon, and is scheduled to land on September 6.

India will become only the fourth country, after the US, Russia and China, to reach Earth's satellite if successful.

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The ISRO has said it chose to explore the south pole as it is possible there is water in the permanently shadowed areas, which could pave the...
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