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India Launches Mission To The Moon In Bid To Land At The Lunar South Pole

India has successfully launched its second-ever mission to the Moon, and hopes with it to join a handful of countries that have landed on the lunar surface.

At 5.13am Eastern Time today, July 22 (2.43 P.M. local time), India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission launch on top of the country’s most powerful rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

"My dear friends, today is a historical day for space and science and technology in India," Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chair of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), said following the launch. "I'm extremely happy to announce that GSLV mark 3 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 into the defined orbit."

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