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India’s space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon today

India’s space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon today

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The Indian Space Research Organisation said that the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now rescheduled at 2:43pm on Monday. It said on Thursday that an expert committee identified the root cause of the previous technical snag and all corrective actions were now implemented.

The mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff of the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher on Monday.

This picture shows the full moon during a “blood moon” eclipse as seen from Dhaka early on July 28, 2018. The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” is designed to make a soft landing on the lunar south pole and send a rover to explore water deposits that were confirmed by a previous orbiting Indian space mission.

The new launch schedule came sooner than expected.

Pallava Bagla, a science editor of the New Delhi Television news channel, had earlier said that launch windows would have to meet several technical criteria and it could take weeks or months for a new date.