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India launches Earth science satellite
Posted: Wed, Oct 12, 2011, 6:58 AM ET (1058 GMT)
PSLV launch of Megha-Tropiques (ISRO) An Indian rocket successfully launched a joint Indo-French Earth sciences satellite on Wednesday. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from India's Satish Dhawan Space Center at 1:30 am EDT (0530 GMT, 11:00 am local time) and placed the Megha-Tropiques satellites into an 867-kilometer orbit. The 1,000-kilogram satellite, jointed developed by the Indian space agency ISRO and the French space agency CNES, will study tropical weather and climate. The PSLV also carried three small secondary payloads, two built by Indian universities and one from a Luxembourg company.
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