India is all set to join an elite club of nations as its most ambitious lunar project Chandrayaan II is gearing up to land on the surface of the moon. Chandrayaan II's attempt to land on the surface of the Moon will be the first time when an Indian lunar mission shall set foot on the moon.
Chandrayaan II is India's second lunar exploration mission after the famous Chandrayaan-1 launched in October 2008. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), scientists will make a landing attempt in the first quarter of 2018.
The lunar mission will be launched using a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) which includes a lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all made in India.
India will also be the first country in last four years to land on the Moon. In 2013, China’s unmanned ‘Yutu’ rover had done this with month-long walk on the planet.