India will be cementing its place in world space history soon when it launches its second moon mission Chandrayaan 2 at a revised date after the original launch on July 14 was called off 56 minutes before launch due to a technical glitch. The low costs of the mission have been making headlines all over the world with some people even comparing it to the budget of Avenger’s – Endgame. The total cost of the mission ($124 mn) is less than half the budget of the movie ($356 mn).
India will be the fourth country to land a probe on the moon after USA, Russia and China. This mission will take place around the same time as the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first lunar landing. Almost the entirety of the components of the launch have been designed and made in India.
Publications all over the world have been writing about the mission and what it means.
The New York Times: Why everyone wants to go back to the Moon, says, “For India, reaching the Moon would highlight its technological advances. China would establish itself as a world power of planet. For the United States and NASA, the Moon is now an obvious stop along the way to Mars.”
The US’ National Public Radio writes: “China, India and even smaller nations like Israel and South Korea are all pursuing robotic Moon missions. Their lunar ambitions are being driven both by a desire to flex their technological muscles and by the rise of global nationalism.”
The Washington Post, in an article titled ‘India’s Moon mission signals country’s growing space ambitions’, writes: “Although India’s space program began as early as the 1960s, it has gained new prominence under Prime Minister Narendra Modi… Modi has promoted the space program as a symbol of the country’s rising stature internationally and a bulwark of its defense capabilities.”
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