India canceled the launch of a spaceship on Monday, landing on the other side of the moon less than an hour before launch.
The Chandrayaan 2 mission was stopped when a "technical catch" was observed in the US 640-ton, 14-story rocket, spokesman for the Indian space research organization BR Guruprasad said.
The countdown stopped abruptly at T-56 minutes, 24 seconds, and Guruprasad said the agency would soon announce a revised start date.
Chandrayaan, the word for "Moonship" in Sanskrit, was developed for a gentle landing on the South Pole of the Moon and for sending a rover to explore water resources confirmed by a previous Indian space mission.
Armed with nuclear power India is on its way to becoming the fifth largest economy in the world. The zealous nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to demonstrate the country's security and technology capabilities. If India could make the soft landing, it would be only the fourth after the US, Russia and China.
Dr. K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, said at a press conference last week that the approximately $ 140 million Chandrayaan 2 mission is the country's most prestigious so far, also because of the technical complexity of the soft landing on the moon Surface – an event he described as "15 awful minutes".
After the countdown began on Sunday, Sivan visited two Hindu shrines to pray for the mission's success.
Virtually since its inception in 1962, India's space program was criticized as inappropriate for a overpopulated, developing nation.
However, thanks to decades of space exploration, India has developed satellite, communications and remote sensing technologies that help solve everyday problems at home, from forecasting fish migration to forecasting storms and floods.  With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission this month, the world's largest space agencies return to the Moon as an ideal exploration of the reasons for technologies required for space exploration and the confirmed discovery of Water as a possible stopover on the way.
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The Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission circled the moon in 2008, helping to confirm the presence of water, the Indian Space Research Organization The rover of his new mission wants to continue exploring the other side of the moon Scientists believe that a basin contains water ice that could help people manned missions in future missions to plant more than just flags.
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