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India’s spacecraft set for historic moon landing

India’s dream of landing on the moon is getting closer to reality as its Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft split in two on Monday, with one half set to land on the lunar surface later this week. First launched in July, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft broke into two pieces as expected. “The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1315 Hrs IST today,” Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) officials said in a statement Monday. The orbiter will circle the moon’s poles for roughly one year and the Vikram Lander is expected to land between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. GMT Sept. 7 if all goes according to plan. Following that, a rover is expected to leave the Vikram Lander between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. ISRO officials ...