India, you did it! You landed on the moon!

India has successfully landed on the Moon. The Indian space agency announced that it had completed a “soft landing” on the lunar surface, near its southern pole. It becomes the first ever to land there, and just the fourth country to successfully send a mission to the Moon at all (USA, Russia, China). And it did so on a very restrictive budget. The Chandrayaan-3 was sent to the Moon at a cost of about $75 million. That is less than the cost of most blockbuster space films. Gravity cost $100 million, The Martian cost $108 million – and it was less than half the cost of Interstellar, which was filmed on a budget of $165 million. It even costs less than some houses. The UK’s most expensive house, for instance, went on sale at £200 million.

Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg, 1993, Andrew Griffin, 26.08.2023