An Indian spacecraft is taking the scenic route to the moon and has the photos to prove it.
Chandrayaan-2 launched on July 22 and will arrive at the moon in early September. That long journey let India loft the spacecraft on a smaller rocket, but it also means the mission will spend weeks orbiting Earth — and snapping some photographs to send home.
If the lander touches down successfully, India will become the fourth nation to successfully execute a soft landing on the moon, after the Soviet Union, the United States and China. An Israeli lander attempted the feat earlier this year but crashed into the lunar surface.