Get ready for an exciting ‘spacy’ year ahead as India is getting ready for to launch two high-end lunar missions in early 2018: Chandrayaan-2 and another mission by Team Indus.

Space is exciting, space travel is epic exciting but since not all of us can have that opportunity, we all just enjoy the space news don’t we? And this is great news – two moon missions in a year is like a cheery truffle dessert treat and more importantly it shows how advanced India is getting in space research. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Bengaluru-headquartered organization – Team Indus are gearing up for the launch of two individual moon missions in 2018.

ISRO will be launching Chandrayaan-2, which will be the jazzed up successor of agency’s previous Chandrayaan-1 and will conduct deeper understanding of lunar surface probe. Chandrayaan-2 will be the biggest mission for ISRO in 2018 which will consist of an Orbiter, Lander, and Rover and will be launched as a compound hoard into the Earth Parking Orbit (EPO) atop GSLV-Mk II. The spacecraft and its configured parts are currently being tested at ISRO’s facilities in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, in Chitradurga district near Bangalore, and India’s Silicon Valley and in the early months of 2018, it will take off from the Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR).

Whereas for the Bengaluru based profitable organisation – Team Indus is getting ready to unfurl India’s tricolour flag on Moon. The launch will their first ever rocket with its high-profile investors like co-founder of Infosys and former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani as well as the former chairman of ISRO, K Kasturirangan and several more veterans from the Indian space agency. Team Indus is using the service of PSLV to take its 600-kg baby spacecraft to the lunar orbit, while ISRO will be using its heavy lift rocket GSLV Mk II for the mission.

Although these two missions are very distinct technically and scientifically, both will land on the same destination – thousands of miles away in the space, on Moon. And both the high-sci-fi Indian lunar missions will add to the glory of India’s space exploration history.

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