India to launch second moon mission in July

India says it will launch a second moon mission next month aimed at landing a rover near the southern pole, which hasn't been explored so far

NEW DELHI -- India says it will launch a second moon mission next month aimed at landing a rover near the southern pole, which hasn't been explored so far.

Indian Space Research Organization Chairman K. Sivan says the moon landing is expected on Sept. 6 or 7.

A spacecraft will be launched on July 15 from a launch facility in Sriharikota, an island off India's southeastern coast.

India's first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, orbited the moon in 2008, but did not land there. It operated for 312 days.

India is planning its first human space flight by 2022.