Jul 14, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
An Indian spacecraft is blasting off to the far side of the moon in a follow-up mission to a failed effort almost four years ago to land a rover on the lunar surface.
Chandrayaan-3, the word for “moon craft” in Sanskrit, takes off Friday from a launch pad in southern India, along with an orbiter, a lander and a rover.
The spacecraft will land on the moon’s surface in August, following a month-long journey.
A successful landing would make India just the fourth country after the United States, the Soviet Union, and China to achieve the feat.
India’s last attempt to land a robotic spacecraft near the moon’s south pole ended in failure in 2019.