NEW DELHI (AP) — India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world’s spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon, this one aimed at landing a rover near the unexplored south pole.
The Indian Space Research Organization plans to launch a spacecraft using homegrown technology on Monday, and it is scheduled to touch down on the moon Sept. 6 or 7. The $141 million Chandrayaan-2 mission will analyze minerals, map the moon’s surface and search for water.
The space agency says It will “boldly go where no country has ever gone before.
With India set to become the world’s fifth-largest economy, the nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen to show off the country’s prowess in security and technology.