Taking a giant leap in space exploration with Chandrayaan-2, India's second lunar mission aims to soft land on the surface of the moon. If successful, it will become the fourth country, following US, Russia and China to achieve the milestone.
With just hours to go for the launch, India is hoping to become the first country to explore the southern pole of the moon. The ambitious program with homegrown technology has brought ISRO under the global spectacle with the manifold media coverage.
Russia's government television network, RT produced multiple articles on India's moon mission. In an article titled, "'Where nobody's ever gone': India's mission to unexplored regions of the Moon starts in a few hours" it intricately detailed the "most complex" project that will launch at 2:51 AM on July 15.
The multifaceted article said that 'even if no groundbreaking discovery occurs, New Delhi will still have something to brag about, 'further stating that New Delhi lags behind when it comes to 'manned space missions.' However acknowledging India's space pioneering program, it further said that 'Uncovering the solar system’s early history through examining the ancient materials left on the Moon’s surface could position India alongside the leaders of space exploration like Russia and the US.'
In another piece, it notified that India and Russia are discussing space cooperation ahead of the lunar mission.
The Guardian wrote a piece titled 'Everyone’s going back to the Moon. But why?' emphasising on the Apollo 11 mission of the US, that will complete 50 years this year. It said that Chandrayaan is set to 'repeat the journey'
Synchronously, The New York Times published a piece headlined 'Why everyone wants to go back to the Moon' wherein it opined that 'For India, reaching the Moon would highlight its technological advances.'
Meanwhile, an article by the Washington Post titled 'India’s Moon mission signals country’s growing space ambitions,' credited PM Modi for the project saying, 'Although India's space program began as early as the 1960s, it has gained new prominence under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.'
It further claimed that 'Modi has promoted the space program as a symbol of the country’s rising stature internationally and a bulwark of its defense capabilities.'
While, India will ambitiously step in the club of countries to have undertaken the voyage to moon along with Russia, US and China, there was negligible coverage of the moon mission in China's state-funded CCTV news outlet.