India has successfully launched the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon. The spacecraft is designed to explore the southern side of the Moon and search for water. This was reported by NewScientist.

The mission was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Chandrayaan-3 means “lunar car” in Sanskrit.

The previous Chandrayaan -2 mission ended in failure in 2019, when the vehicle crashed into the lunar surface due to a software glitch. The Vikram vehicle carrying out this mission was supposed to land the six-wheeled rover Pragyan. Both devices were destroyed in the collision.

To date, only the United States, the Soviet Union, and China have successfully landed on the Moon intact.

Previously, researchers found that direct photochemical reactions can provide humans with the oxygen and hydrogen needed for long-term habitation on Mars or the Moon.