October 22nd, 2008 – India launches unmanned moon mission
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched its first moon mission a few hours ago, using a domestically produced rocket system. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL-C11) lifted-off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Wednesday morning at around 6.40 am. This satellite will be tooling about for two years, primarily modeling the surface of the moon.
Large crowds had gathered at Sriharikota since early Wednesday morning to see this historic event.
India has joined what’s shaping up as a 21st century space race with Chinese and Japanese crafts already in orbit around the moon. There are plans to put the first Indian into space by 2014 and to launch a manned lunar mission by 2020 which is four years ahead of China’s target date.
It was truly a historic moment for the entire country.