Jul 17

India launches lunar mission

India successfully launched its third lunar mission on Friday in the hope of becoming the fourth country to achieve a controlled landing on the Moon, after the United States, the Soviet Union and China. The AFP news agency reports that, if the rest of the current mission goes to plan, the Chandrayaan-3, which means “Mooncraft” in Sanskrit, will safely touch down near the moon’s little-explored south pole between August 23-24 and deploy a rover which will explore the nearby area, gathering images to be sent back to Earth for analysis.