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India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

India is becoming a major player in the world space programme

By: Sarwar Alam

India on Monday (5) successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space programme which one day hopes to put a human into orbit. The 43-metre (140-foot) rocket hurtled into a clear sky at 5:28 pm (1158 GMT) from the southern island of Sriharikota, one of two sites used by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch satellites. Scientists hugged each other and cheered as the 640-tonne rocket lifted off. “The GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability,” prime minister Narendra Modi posted on his Twitter…

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