India, Russia Teaming Up to Put a Rover on the Moon

Russia to develop lander for Chandrayaan-II
The Hindu

Russia will develop a lander that will ferry a rover to explore the moon’s surface as part of the Chandrayaan-II mission, slated for launch in 2013, project director of Chandrayaan-I and II M. Annadurai said on Sunday.

“The GSLV will be the launch vehicle for Chandrayaan-II and the prime responsibility of realising the lander is Russia’s. The rover, to be realised by us [Indian Space Research Organisation], will carry out in situ probe on the moon’s surface. We will also develop the scientific instruments to go around with it,” Mr. Annadurai told The Hindu after delivering the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of B. Tech and MBA students, organised by the Toc-H Institute of Science and Technology (TIST), Arakkunnam, near here.

“Unlike Chandrayaan-I, whose moon-impact probe did a hard-landing on the moon, the lander ferried by the Chandrayaan-II orbiter to soft-land on the moon’s surface would be about 1,200 kg. While the rover interface would be done by us, the lander interface with the rover would be developed by Russia,” he said.

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