India says spacecraft heading to moon working ‘perfectly’

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – All systems on an Indian spacecraft heading to the moon are working “perfectly” and no contingencies are anticipated on the landing day, the country’s space agency said on Monday, days after the failure of a Russian lander.

India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is on course to land on Aug. 23 on the lunar south pole, a region where shadowed craters are thought to contain water ice which could support a future moon settlement.

(Reporting by Shivam Patel in New Delhi, editing by Ed Osmond)