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India’s space agency announces missions to study Sun, Venus

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A manned mission into space, scheduled for December 2021 is also on track, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said at a news conference.

The space agency’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan 2, is scheduled to launch on July 15 and would include the landing of a rover on the moon’s surface, Sivan said.

The entire process would be completed with a landing on a shadow region of the moon by Sept. 6 or 7.

“We are landing at a place where nobody else has gone, a lot of new science is expected to emerge from this mission,’’ Sivan said.

The Aditya L-1 mission to study the sun is scheduled to be launched by the first half of 2020.

The mission is to place a satellite at what is called Liberation point 1 nearer the sun that would move in an orbit similar to that of earth and study the sun’s corona.

“This is expected to have a major impact on climate change studies,’’ Sivan said.

The mission to study Venus is planned in about two to three years time, Sivan said. “Venus is a high-temperature body and most missions to it have failed, we want to succeed,’’ Sivan added.

ISRO’s mission to carry humans into space, Gaganyaan, is scheduled for launch in December 2021.

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