India wants the Chandrayaan-2 mission to make it only the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to land a craft on the lunar surface [Chris Thomas/Reuters]

India‘s space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, in the early hours of Monday due to a “technical snag” which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff.

India wants the Chandrayaan-2 – or Moon Chariot 2 – mission to make it only the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to land a craft on the lunar surface.

Countdown at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre was halted 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the planned liftoff at 2:51am (2121 GMT on Sunday).

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