There’s much more than national prestige driving India’s ambitious moon mission

Nicholas Borroz
There’s much more than national prestige driving India’s ambitious moon mission

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has settled into lunar orbit, ahead of its scheduled Moon landing on Sept. 7. If it succeeds India will join a very select club, now comprising the former Soviet Union, the US and China. As with all previous Moon missions, national prestige is a big part of India’s Moon shot.