India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 is on its way to the Moon. This is the first time India will do a soft landing on any object in the space.
Group Captain (retd) Ajay Lele, a senior fellow in the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), explains the significance of this mission.
"I think it is a significant milestone for India. The first mission had an orbiter which took some pictures of the Moon from its orbit. Chandrayaan-2, however, will reach the surface of the Moon, and a rover will make a soft landing. India has never made a soft landing on any object in the space. So, this is a big achievement," says Mr Lele who has authored the books like 'Mission Mars, India's Quest for the Red Planet' and "Asian Space Race: Rhetoric or Reality?"
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If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon only after Russia, the US and China.