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India Launches Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission

India is on its way to the moon.

India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.

Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on Monday from the Sriharikota space station.The 142-feet-tall rocket rose on a funnel of fire, ripping through the air perfectly straight and fast, heading for the south pole of the moon.

The spacecraft has entered the Earth’s orbit, where it will stay for 23 days before it begins a series of manoeuvres that will take it into lunar orbit.

For the first time in India’s space history, an interplanetary expedition is being led by two women – Muthaya Vanitha, the project director, and Ritu Karidhal, the mission director.

It is the most complex mission ever attempted by India’s space agency. The country hopes the $150m (£120m) mission will be the first to land on the Moon’s south pole.

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