Chandrayaan 2: India Launches Historic Bid to Put Spacecraft on Moon

India successfully launched an ambitious mission to land a rover on an unexplored area of the moon as a rocket hurtled into space from Sriharikota in eastern India.

In a feat accomplished by only three countries so far – the United States, Russia and China – the project aims to make a soft landing on the moon and seal India’s reputation as a leading space power.

The launch on Monday afternoon came a week after the high profile lunar mission was abruptly aborted less than an hour before takeoff due to a “technical snag.”