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India lands first spacecraft on moon’s south pole

Only four countries have successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon: the US, the former Soviet Union, China, and now India. Photo. Twitter @rocketgyan

India has landed a spacecraft near the south pole of the moon.

India’s Chandrayaan-3 is the first space mission to land near the south pole of the Moon, the fourth country to achieve a moon landing.

The BBC reports that inside the lander is the six-wheeled Pragyaan rover, which, if all goes to plan, will roam the lunar surface gathering images and data.

Scientists believe craters that are permanently in shadow on the dark side of the Moon may hold frozen water

This is India’s third lunar mission attempt, and it is coming days after Russia’s unmanned Luna-25 spacecraft went out of control and crashed into the Moon.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu