India launches moon mission in Asian space race

Date: Wed Oct 22 2008 - 01:07:54 UTC

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    Just in from the Associated Press . . .  
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    India  launches moon mission in Asian space race
    Eds: APNewsNow. Will be  led.
    NEW DELHI (AP) - India has successfully  launched it's first
    unmanned mission to the  moon.
    Chandrayaan-1 has blasted off from the  Sriharikota space center
    in southern India into the dawn sky Wednesday in a  two-year mission
    aimed at laying the groundwork for further Indian  space
    Mission control says  "lift off is normal."
    Chief among the  mission's goals is mapping not only the surface
    of the moon, but what lies  beneath. If the launch is successful,
    India will join what's shaping up as a  21st century space race with
    Chinese and Japanese crafts already in orbit  around the moon.
    The rocket's name means "Moon  Craft" in ancient Sanskrit.
    (Copyright 2008 by The Associated  Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
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