Guwahati/1st January’2018 (Prag News Desk): 2018 will see a raft of space missions that highlight the international nature of present-day space exploration.
Chandrayaan 2 will be the first one which is India’s follow-up to its groundbreaking lunar mission launched in 2008.
While its predecessor was an orbiter, Chandrayaan 2 will comprise an orbiter, lander and rover developed by the country’s space agency, ISRO. The mission is to launch on a GSLV rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh by March, 2018.
Nasa will launch its Insight spacecraft to Mars on May. Insight will use a sophisticated suite of instruments to probe deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet, looking for clues to how it formed. It will also listen for “marsquakes” which could shed light on the planet’s internal structure.