SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: India's Moon Mission, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: India's Moon Mission, More
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October 22, 2008--A PSLV-C11 rocket soars into the sky above Dhawan Space Centre, carrying the Chandrayaan spacecraft, and a nation's hopes, on India's first mission to the moon.

The successful blast-off launched a new era of Indian spaceflight on October 22.

Chandrayaan is orbiting Earth on an extremely elongated path and should enter lunar orbit in about two weeks. The craft will circle the moon at a height of some 62 miles (100 kilometers) and launch a surface impact probe.
—Photograph by ISRO
 
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