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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

India Launches Satellite

NEW DELHI, India -- India for the first time Monday used its own rocket to launch a major satellite, marking a turning point in the country's space program.


The 44.4-meter-tall vehicle blasted off perfectly on a clear morning from Sriharikota, a town in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, and put the 1,200 kilograms remote sensing satellite into orbit. The launch was televised live across the nation.


"It was a textbook kind of launch,'' said K. Kasturirangan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization.


The satellite will send pictures of the landscape that can be used, among other things, in crop management and town planning.