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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday successfully launched India's first astronomy satellite Astrosat, 11 years after the government cleared the project. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30) carrying Astrosat and six other satellites, including four US nano satellites, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 10am. With the successful launch, India is now in a select club of nations having its own space observatory along with the US, Japan, Russia and Europe. This is the first time India is launching a US satellite. The other two satellites are of Canada and Indonesia. Astrosat, which had a lift-off mass of 1,513kg, will now embark on a five-year astronomy mission studying distant celestial objects. It will observe the universe ...

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