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Chandrayaan 2 and every other moon mission mapped

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Never before in history has a country even attempted to soft-land an object near the moon‘s South Pole.

If all goes well, India’s Chandrayaan-2 will achieve this feat on September 7, 2019. The South Pole is suspected to harbour reservoirs of ice, proof of which will have massive impact on future missions.

Landing sites

The two moon maps show soft-landing (circle) and crash/impact sites (squares) of spacecraft sent by various nations.

Chandrayaan 2 and every other moon mission mapped

Chandrayaan 2 and every other moon mission mapped
 

Missions’ timeline

The graph shows softlanding and crash/impact dates of spacecraft on the moon from 1959 to 2019. The colours/shapes denote the same as the moon map.

Chandrayaan 2 and every other moon mission mapped
 

*via an impact probe; ^ proposed; # Europe (ESA), Japan, Israel, S. Korea | Source: Nasa, Reuters

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