Despite the demise of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft in a crash landing on the Moon, the Indian Space research Organization will attempt another soft landing in the near future. The third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, could launch by the end of this year, although 2021 is a possibility, reports C/Net.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission will be much cheaper, about 6.15 billion rupees ($86.2 million) compared to 9.6 billion rupees for its ill-fated predecessor. The new mission, which include a rover and lander, will aim for the same spot on the south pole where vast water deposits are believed to exist.
was launched July 22, 2019, and consisted of three components: a lunar orbiter, a lunar lander and a rover. Though the lander and rover were lost during the crash landing, says C/Net, the orbiter still orbits the moon and is expected to continue surveying for seven years.