My Space Saturdays post will be late today, in a few hours (2:02 P. M. U. S. Central Time) as I am waiting to see the latest updates on the Indian lunar lander. Here’s my last update Chandrayaan 2 Lander Vikram Updates – YouTube Videos. As a sneak peek to today’s Space Saturdays post, NASA is trying to communicate with Vikram.
I haven’t watched the video in full yet – ISRO vs ESA : India vs 22 European Countries! – YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFcLEol4oc (about 5:15 minutes long), but in terms of long-term, my money’s on India to win.
The big question is which country or group will be #4 to soft land on the moon. A number of countries, including the EU, have tried and failed. Here’s a list of missions that to the Moon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missions_to_the_Moon, with ranking of each mission (failure, success, or somewhere in between).