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12:07, 22 July 2019

India set to re-attempt Moon mission launch

AKIPRESS.COM - India is set to re-attempt the launch of its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag, BBC reports.

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on Monday, space agency Isro said.

It added the spacecraft was ready "to take a billion dreams to the Moon - now stronger that ever before".

The space agency hopes the $150m (£120m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon's south pole.

The countdown on 15 July was stopped 56 minutes before launch after a "technical snag was observed in [the] launch vehicle system", according to Isro. Indian media have reported that a leak from a helium gas bottle in the cryogenic engine of the rocket was to blame.

Isro thanked people for supporting the mission despite the delay.


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