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Chandrayaan lifts off successfully

October 21, 2008
It was truly a historic moment for the entire country. The PSLV-C11, which carries India's first unmanned moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-1, was successfully put into initial orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Wednesday morning at around 6.40 am.

At the end of the 49-hour countdown, the 44.4 meter tall four-stage PSLV-C11 blasted off from the second launch pad with the ignition of the core first stage at 6.22 am.

Large crowds had gathered at Sriharikota since early Wednesday morning to witness this historic event. The crowds cheered at the PSLV, which weighs 316 tonnes soared majestically into the skies. However, the thick black clouds played spoil sport for those waiting to watch the PSLV launch into the skies.

Text: Vicky Nanjappa in Sriharikota | Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

Image: PSLV-C11 carring Chandrayaan-1 takes off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

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