India to send rover to the moon
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India is launching a mission to send an orbiter, lander and rover to the lunar south pole. -
The $142 million Chandrayaan-2 is a successor to India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, which launched into lunar orbit in 2008. -
Chandrayaan-2 and its sister craft will spend 27 days in lunar orbit before releasing the Vikram lander and its Pragyan rover. -
India has called off the July 14th, 2019 launch attempt of the Chandrayaan-2 moon mission due to a "technical snag." -
Chandrayaan-2 would make India only the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon. -
NASA hopes to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. -
The chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), K Sivan, said this was "the most complex space mission ever to be undertaken by the agency". -
The spacecraft weighs 2,379kg (5,244lb) -
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