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Chandrayaan spacecraft lands on moon in historic leap for India

South Asian country becomes fourth to touch down on lunar surface

The moon is seen from the Chandrayaan-3 lander during its insertion into lunar orbit earlier this month. The craft landed softly on the surface on Aug. 23. (ISRO via Reuters)

NEW DELHI -- An Indian spacecraft touched down softly on the moon on Wednesday, making the South Asian country only the fourth to successfully reach the lunar surface.

The landing of the Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandrayaan-3 -- Sanskrit for "moon vehicle" -- comes just days after a Russian craft crashed while attempting to land.

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