India launches satellites in 100th space mission

India launches satellites in 100th space mission
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLVC-21 lifts off carrying one French and one Japanese satellite from a launch pad in Sriharikota, southern India, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. The launch marked the 100th mission for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)

(AP)—India's national space organization has marked its 100th mission by launching French and Japanese satellites.

The said Sunday's launch of a French and a Japanese microsatellite was a success.

India has had an active space program since the 1960s and has launched scores of satellites for itself and other countries.

India launches satellites in 100th space mission
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLVC-21 lifts off, carrying one French and one Japanese satellite from a launch pad in Sriharikota, southern India, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. The launch marked the 100th mission for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). (AP Photo)

In 2008, it successfully sent a probe to the moon that detected evidence of water on the lunar surface for the first time. The space agency plans to send a spacecraft to Mars next year.


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