Moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers

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India will step up the international space race next Monday, when it launches a low-cost mission, to become the fourth country to land a probe on the moon.

Just five days before the 50th anniversary of man’s first lunar landing, ‘Chandrayaan 2’ – which translates into English as ‘Moon Chariot 2’ – will blast off from a tropical island off the Andhra Pradesh State, after a decade-long build-up.

The mission will also highlight how far space travel has advanced, since Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind”, during the Apollo 11 mission.

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