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| Ban Ki-moon lauds launch of Indian lunar mission|
| Updated at: 0227 PST, Saturday, October 25, 2008|
NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated India's government and it's people for the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, which is expected to orbit the moon and carry out research during a two-year mission.
"This achievement is yet another manifestation of the importance that India attaches to the quest for knowledge and scientific advancement," Ban's spokesperson said in a statement Thursday following the launch of the unmanned spacecraft by India.
"The secretary-general is confident that this mission and its scientific research will make a valuable contribution to India's continued development and to human progress."