India’s Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft on Way to Moon

India Launches Unmanned Mission to Moon

“India launched its first lunar mission Wednesday, with hopes of achieving high-resolution images of the moon’s topography and diving into the international space race.

“The launch of the unmanned lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1, or “moon craft” in ancient Sanskrit, came at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday (8:50 p.m. ET) from the Sriharikota space center.

“The two-year mission seeks high-resolution imaging of the moon’s surface, especially the permanently shadowed polar regions, ISRO said. It will also search for evidence of water or ice and attempt to identify the chemical breakdown of certain lunar rocks, the group said.”