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US congratulates India on Chandrayaan-I launch

india Updated: Oct 22, 2008 17:25 IST

The US on Wednesday congratulated India on the successful launch of the maiden moon mission Chandrayaan-I, describing it as demonstration of the country's technological prowess in its quest for peaceful exploration of space.

"The US congratulates India on the successful launch. This is a proud moment in India history and demonstrates India's technological prowess by joining the international community in the peaceful exploration of space," American Ambassador to India David C Mulford said.

Malford said the US was proud to participate in the mission as the country had provided two instruments for it.

"The US was proud to participate in Chandrayaan-I by providing two instruments for the mission," Mulford said in a statement.

"Ahead of today's launch, scientists from the United States worked closely with their Indian partners to prepare the US contribution to the Chandrayan spacecraft, exemplifying the ideals of our bilateral partnership," he said.

With successful launch of Chandrayaan-I, India today became the sixth nation to send a moon mission when indigenously built PSLV-C11 rocket blasted off from the spaceport in Sriharikota.

Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) home-grown rocket PSLV-C11 lifted off at 6.22 am From the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

With the launch, India joined the elite club of moon faring nations -- the US, Russia, European Space Agency, China and Japan.