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15.Jul.23 7:13 AM
By Abigail Richards
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India launched Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon
India launched the unmanned moon mission Chandrayaan-3 on Friday. If all goes well, the moon lander will arrive on the moon in the second half of August.

India hopes to become the fourth country to successfully perform a controlled landing on the lunar surface. The Chandrayaan-3 is heading towards the moon's south pole. The lander is approximately 2 meters long and carries a robotic rover, which will conduct experiments on the moon for two weeks.

In 2020, India attempted to land the spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on the moon, but it failed. The Chandrayaan-1 orbited the moon in 2008 and then intentionally crashed into the lunar surface.

Chandrayaan means "moon vehicle" in Sanskrit. Indian engineers had been working on Friday's launch for three years.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi considers the space program important and strives to attract as many investments as possible. Since 2020, the number of space startups in the country has doubled. This is the first major project since that year. The Chandrayaan-3 mission cost approximately 67 million euros.

The other countries that have previously made successful moon landings are the Soviet Union, United States and China. In April, an attempt by a Japanese company to land on the moon failed.



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