India goes to da moon!
NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — India blasted into the international space race Wednesday with the successful launch of an ambitious two-year mission to study the moon’s landscape.
The spacecraft carrying India’s first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, lifts off in Sriharikota on Wednesday.
The unmanned lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1, or “moon craft” in ancient Sanskrit, launched at 6:20 a.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) from the Sriharikota space center in southern India.
The mission seeks high-resolution imaging of the moon’s surface, especially the permanently shadowed polar regions, according to the Indian Space Research Organization. It will also search for evidence of water or ice and attempt to identify the chemical breakdown of certain lunar rocks, the group said.
I am a terrible, terrible person. I should be happy that India has joined the other countries in the space club. I should be happy that another country has a mind towards exploration and innovation. Instead, all I can do is picture two Indian astronauts, speaking in Quickie Mart’s Apu accent.
“Look Apu, I can see Dubai out the window. Now pass the curry in a bag.”
See… you read that in character. You’re as bad as me.