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.