writes with word that the Indian moon mission plans (mentioned earlier on Slashdot
) are about to be put to the test. "While the spacecraft itself will not land on the Moon, it will act as an orbiter and land a rover on the surface. The spacecraft is being launched next month sometime between October 22 and October 26. The spacecraft payload includes 11 payloads (including one from NASA) and will perform remote sensing and studies of the lunar surface. The mission is estimated to cost Rs 386 crore (~ 84.3 million USD)." Update: 09/21 18:29 GMT
: Thanks to reader Anil Gaddam for pointing out that this figure had been originally misstated as 7.7 million USD.