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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

India's Moon Mission

The Chandrayaan 1 successfully launched from India to begin its two-year mission to the moon.

The unmanned flight will orbit the moon, searching for evidence of water and Helium 3 - an isotope rare on earth which could be used for energy. The Prime Minister released a message hailing the scientific community, saying "the entire nation salutes them."

The launch was applauded by scientists at the launch pad and was broadcast live across the nation. The probe carries tools built by India, Britain, Germany, and the US. If successful, India will be the fourth nation to plant a flag on the lunar surface.

Chandrayaan is Sanskrit for "moon craft."

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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