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13:00, 20 August 2019

India spacecraft begins orbiting Moon

AKIPRESS.COM - India's second lunar module has begun orbiting the Moon, nearly a month after blasting off, officials have confirmed, BBC reports.

The manoeuvre to put the module into the lunar orbit was completed at 09:02 local time (04:32 GMT) on Tuesday.

Chandrayaan-2 was launched from the Sriharikota space station on 22 July, a week after the scheduled blast-off was halted due to a technical snag.

India hopes the $145m (£116m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon's south pole.

Last month's launch was the beginning of a 384,000km (239,000-mile) journey. Scientists hope the lander will touch down on the Moon on 6 or 7 September as planned.


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