India Could Land on the Moon in 2020 with Chandrayaan 3

Space.com | 11/18/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
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Just months after a landing anomaly, India is hard at work pursuing another try at touching down on the moon, according to a news report.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is already designing Chandrayaan 3, which would only include a lander and a rover because India already has a working orbiter at the moon — Chandrayaan 2.

Chandrayaan - Lander - Vikram - Sept - Spacecraft

Chandrayaan 2 attempted to deploy a lander called Vikram on Sept. 6, but that spacecraft fell silent during landing. India said that it saw Vikram on the surface after the landing, but instruments on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter hadn't spotted it as of late October.

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An unnamed scientist quoted in The Times of India on Wednesday (Nov. 13) said the new lander would have stronger legs to allow the spacecraft to withstand touching the surface at a higher velocity during landing.

"It is essential to carry out detailed analysis on the changes for improving the lander system considering the recommendations of both the expert committee (formed to look into Chandrayaan 2) and the recommendations which could not be implemented due to [the] advanced stage of...
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