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India Launches its Largest Rocket into Space

Indian Space Research Organisation’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark-III) rocket lifts off carrying CARE (Crew Module Atmospheeric Re-entry Experiment) from the east coast island of Sriharikota, India, Thursday Dec. 18, 2014.

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK III blasted off from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh early Thursday.

The new rocket will be able to carry heavier satellites into space.

India has successfully launched lighter satellites in recent years, but has faced problems sending up heavier payloads.

In September, India's Mars Orbiter Mission entered the red planet's orbit, making India the first Asian nation to reach Mars on its first attempt.

The mission was lauded for its shoestring budget of about $74 million.