Facing extreme population pressure, India is finally asking Chandra, the original Indian god of the moon, for living space.
An unmanned Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft, which is supposed to deliver the request to the veritable god, blasted off smoothly from a launch pad in southern Andhra Pradesh to embark on a two-year mission of persuasion.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh hailed the mission as the "first step" in a historic milestone in the country's battle against mounting population pressure.
"Today what we have charted is a remarkable journey for an Indian spacecraft to go to the moon and try to persuade Chandra to ease the population pressure in India" ManMohan said.
There are also advanced plans to send a Range Rover as a deal maker since Chandra's moon chariot, which he drove across the sky with ten white horses, is considered by many to be too slow.