India’s giant stride into space

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On April 28, 2008 India’s PSLV rocket launched from Satish Dhavan Spece Centre, Sriharikota successfully launched ten satellites in one go into space. It broke the earlier Russian record of launching 8 satellites from one rocket.

The launch successfully put the 690 kg Indian remote sensing satellite CARTOSAT-2A, the 83 kg Indian Mini Satellite (IMS-1) and eight nanosatellites for international customers into a 637 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C9 in its ‘core alone’ configuration launched ten satellites with a total weight of about 820 kg.

India’s next big challenge is the launch of Chandrayaan-1 (Moon Craft), the country’s maiden shot at the Moon to be launched later this year using the PSLV.

A $100m mission, it is meant to map the Moon surface in detail like never before and will undertake the most intense search for water on our nearest neighbour.

Source: ISRO, BBC etc.

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