In Latest Moon Race, India Lands First in Southern Polar Region

India's Chandrayaan-3 successfully lands on the moon's unexplored south pole, marking a national space achievement.

The spacecraft launched last month and touched down at 8:34 a.m. ET, making India the fourth lunar-landing nation.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the landing during the BRICS summit in South Africa.

Modi highlights the mission's global significance, inviting humanity to aspire for more space exploration.

Lunar south pole's water ice discovery prompts global interest; India's 2019 attempt failed due to software issues.

Russia's recent Luna-25 crash contrasts with India's successful mission, elevating India's space geopolitical standing.

India-U.S. collaboration advances with Artemis Accords, joint missions, and plans for Indian astronauts on the ISS.

ISRO's cost-effective success, with Chandrayaan-3's $75 million budget, showcases India's efficient space achievements.

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