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Low-cost moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers

SRIHARIKOTA, India: India will step up the international space race on Monday when it launches a low-cost mission to become only 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 - or Moon Chariot 2 - will blast off from a tropical island off 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. India has spent about $140 million to get Chandrayaan-2 ready for the 384,400 kilometres (around 240,000 miles) trip from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the scheduled landing...

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