New Delhi: India is going into the history books as the first country to land a spacecraft near the moon’s south pole.

The Indian Space Research Organization says a rover will slide down a flap from the lander within hours or a day and conduct experiments, including an analysis of the mineral composition of the lunar surface.

The mission is expected to remain functional for two weeks.

Many countries and private companies are interested in the moon’s south pole region because permanently shadowed craters may hold frozen water that could help future astronaut missions. — Canadian Press 

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