India became the first country to successfully land on the moon’s south pole with its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, just days after Russia’s Luna-25 crashed in the same region. Both countries launched rockets in recent weeks, hoping to be the first to successfully complete the mission.
Why were they racing to reach the lunar south pole? WSJ explains the significance of both missions for Moscow and New Delhi.
0:00 India lands on the south pole of the moon
0:53 Why the south pole?
2:37 Why Russia and India want to be first
4:32 New space race
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