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Chandrayaan-2 launched a week after it was aborted

Ready to launch
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Ready to launch

India is ready to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon on Monday a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem.

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Fueling 640-ton rocket launcher
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Fueling 640-ton rocket launcher

The Indian Space Research Organization said that fueling the 640-ton rocket launcher with liquid oxygen had begun in preparation for the Chandrayaan-2 mission liftoff scheduled for 2:43 p.m. (0913 GMT), a day after scientists celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put American astronauts on the moon.

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In search of water
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In search of water

Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for ``moon craft,'' is designed to land on the lunar south pole and send a rover to explore water deposits that were confirmed by a previous mission that orbited the moon.

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Last launch called off
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Last launch called off

India's launch a week ago was called off less than an hour before liftoff due to a ``technical snag.''

Indian media reports said the launch was aborted after ISRO scientists identified a leak while filling helium in the cryogenic engine of the rocket. The ISRO neither confirmed nor denied the reports, saying instead that the problem had been identified and corrected.

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