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India's moon mission lifts off, hopes to probe lunar south pole

Reuters SHRIHARIKOTA, INDIA Jul 22, 2019, 04.20 PM (IST)

India successfully launched a rocket into space on Monday, in a bid to perform a soft landing of a rover on the moon, the country's most ambitious mission yet to cement its position as a leading low-cost space power. The 10-billion rupee ($146 million) mission, if successful, will enable India to carry out studies on the presence of water on the south pole of the moon. Only the United States, Russia and China have been on the moon.