India’s Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Launches for the Moon

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a’s GSLV MkIII-M1 rocket on the launch platform before the launch in India. (Credit: ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, launched successfully into Earth orbit on July 22 after a week long delay. The mission ultimately aims to place a lander and a rover on the lunar surface later this fall. 

At about 5:18 a.m. EDT, India’s GSLV MkIII-M1 rocket lifted off from the launch platform at the nation’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre. About 16 minu

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