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The moonshot heard round the world

By Ben Cohen

31 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

informed Summary

  1. India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft recently landed on the moon, making India the fourth nation to achieve this feat. The mission was notable for its cost-effectiveness, with an estimated budget of $70 million—significantly less than the budgets of similar missions by other countries.

You can’t make a giant leap without taking small steps.

When the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft touched down on the moon last week, India joined the U.S., Russia and China as the only nations to land on the lunar surface. It was also the first to reach the south pole only days after Russia crashed on its way there. And its victory in the race to previously unexplored frontiers was a spectacular achievement for this nation of 1.4 billion people.

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