It’s Still Really Hard to Land on the Moon

India lost contact with its spacecraft just before touchdown. Why is it so hard to stick a lunar landing?

The Atlantic
Sep 9 · 6 min read
Engineers from ISRO fussing over last-minute checks of the Chandrayaan-1 satellite before it is sent to be placed atop a moon-bound rocket. Photo: Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images

By Marina Koren

Half a century is a blip on cosmic timescales, but feels like an age in technological innovation, long enough to transform a task once considered impossible into something…

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