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India lands a spacecraft softly on the moon's surface

By Christian Davenport

23 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. India successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon near the south pole, an area coveted for its water in the form of ice. The Chandrayaan-3 mission was a triumph for India, especially after a similar mission failed in 2019 due to a software issue.

India landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon Wednesday, a feat that came just days after a Russian vehicle crashed into the surface after firing its thrusters for too long.

India's spacecraft, without any astronauts on board, landed near the moon's south pole at about 8:30 a.m. Eastern, an area several nations covet because it contains water in the form of ice in permanently shadowed craters.

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