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India successfully sent a probe on to the moon

Saturday, India celebrated as it succesfully sent their first lunar probe, Chandrayaan 1, to the moon.

"We have now successfully put our national flag on the lunar surface," said Madhavan Nair, the chairman of India's space program.

Chandrayaan 1 orbitted the moon just three weeks after it was launched in Southern India.

Russia, the US, Japan and the European Space Agency, were the only places to have landed moon probes in the past, Yahoo News reported.

The probe will chart water and ice precence, as well as map a three-dimensional atlas of the Moon, the BBC News reported.

India has set a second mission already for 2012.