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Satellite heads for the moon

October 22, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

India launched its first unmanned mission to the moon today, sending up a satellite on a two-year mission to redraw maps of the lunar surface.

The Chandrayaan-1 blasted off from the Sriharikota space center in southern India. Chandrayaan means "Moon Craft" in ancient Sanskrit.

Scientists, clapping and cheering, tracked the ascent on computer screens as they lost sight of the rocket in heavy clouds.

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