ISRO launches 100th space mission

Updated: September 09, 2012 10:46 IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made history as it launched its 100th indigenous mission from Sriharikota on Sunday.

ISRO launches 100th space mission
The space agency's old warhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), successfully blasted off into space at 9:53 am with two foreign satellites from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO launches 100th space mission
The launch, initially scheduled for 9:51 am was delayed by two minutes as scientists waited for space debris to clear out.
ISRO launches 100th space mission
In its 22nd launch, the 230-tonne rocket onboard the PSLV, which is as tall as a 15-storey building, was its third fully-commercial launch. The PSLV has an enviable record with just one failure.
ISRO launches 100th space mission
As part of the mission, 720-kg SPOT-6 remote sensing satellite from France (built by ASTRIUM SAS) and a 15-kg Japanese spacecraft PROITERES would be placed in orbit by ISRO's PSLV C-21.
ISRO launches 100th space mission
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was present at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to witness the landmark event, congratulated the agency for the successful launch.

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