India Launches Seven Satellites

India satellite launch

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One rocket. Seven satellites and a big feat achieved by India at Sriharikota.

On Monday evening, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C20 (PSLV-C20) carried seven satellites into space including the Indo-French satellite Saral, the world’s first smart phone-operated nano satellite, a space telescope satellite and four other foreign satellites.

President Pranab Mukherjee witnessed the event and was full of praise for ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organisation) on the successful launch.

Why do we need to have satellites in the first place? The word “satellite” refers to a machine that is launched into space and goes around Earth or any another body in space. Earth is a natural satellite of Sun. Moon is a natural satellite of Earth.

SARAL’s primary objective is to study the seas and oceans.

SAPPHIRE, a Canadian space telescope satellite will track man-made space objects about 800 kilometres above Earth.

The BRITE nano-satellites (miniature satellites),  are designed to measure the brightness of stars and learn more about how stars work.

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