India launched its first unmanned mission to the moon on Wednesday, becoming the third Asian country to do so after Japan and China. Chandrayaan-1 was carried into space by the Indian-built PSLV-C11 rocket, and will take 15 days to reach the moon. Chandrayaan means "Moon Craft" in ancient Sanskrit. The lunar mission signifies India's breakthrough into the club of leading space powers, and the liftoff was broadcast live on television across the country. Boston.com: India launches its first moon mission in Asian space race.