Space Study

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Amile­stone in its space pro­gram, In­dia launched its first as­tron­omy satel­lite Astrosat. This is an as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tory and is a part of a five-year as­tron­omy mis­sion aimed to study black holes, neu­tron stars and dis­tant ce­les­tial ob­jects. Car­ry­ing Astrosat space­craft and six smaller sec­ondary satel­lites, a Polar Satel­lite Launch Ve­hi­cle PSLV-C30 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Cen­tre in Sri­harikota, Andhra Pradesh. Com­pared to com­mon satel­lites that can only ob­serve a nar­row range of wave­length bands, Astrosat will ob­serve space in the ul­tra­vi­o­let, op­ti­cal, high and low x-ray re­gions of the elec­tro­mag­netic spec­trum. The launch also marked In­dia’s third suc­cess­ful space launch of the year.

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