India is scouting for 15-16sqkm of land on the moon. The land should be flat in gradient, have an elevated terrain at one end to catch sunlight and a crater that has ample water. The land should also have enough shadow regions that stay cool in the peak of summer.
Indian scientists are confident they will be the first to identify, and perhaps draw the boundaries of, such a location to set up a lunar base when Chandrayaan-2, the second moon mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), takes off in 2013. The point where the mission's moon impact probe (MIP) hits will probably be named after Mahatma Gandhi.