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India launches astronomy satellite
Posted: Fri, Oct 2, 2015, 1:04 PM ET (1704 GMT)
PSLV launch of Astrosat (ISRO) An Indian PSLV rocket placed the country's first astronomy satellite and several secondary payloads into orbit Monday. The PSLV lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 12:30 am EDT (0430 GMT, 10:00 am Indian time) Monday and placed the Astrosat satellite into a near-equatorial low Earth orbit. Astrosat, India's first astronomy satellite, is a 1,531-kilogram designed to perform observations at visible, ultraviolet, and x-ray wavelengths. The PSLV also flew six small satellites as secondary payloads, including four cubesats developed by a US company, Spire, to perform ship tracking and weather observations.
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