Recently in the India Category

A cloud of unhealthy air pollution shrouded the skies of northern India again this week.

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C36 has successfully launched the earth observation satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), will launch the 377 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Co-passenger satellites are from Algeria, Canada and USA as well as two satellites from Indian Universities/ Academic Institute.

At 11:57 p.m. EDT (8:57 a.m. Indian local time) the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV-34 rocket with 20 satellites onboard flawlessly launched. It was a milestone mission for India as it continues to showcase its developing launch capability.

Today, May 23, 2016 ISRO successfully flight tested India's first winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime.

Astrosat, India's first Multi-wavelength Space Observatory was successfully launched by ISRO's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV into a 650km orbit on September 28, 2015. Then began the process of putting each of the payloads into operation.

True color image over northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet. Note the large amount of smog/pollution over India relative to Tibet, and how the mountains keep it all localized.

The critical manoeuvre to place India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in the Mars Transfer Trajectory was successfully carried out in the early hours of today (Sunday, December 1, 2013).

India Launches Orbiter to Mars

India on Tuesday joined the U.S., Japan, Russia and the European Space Agency as the only countries or organization to launch a spacecraft to Mars to study the red planet.

The Indian state of Punjab has two growing seasons--one from May to September and another from November to April. In November, Punjab farmers typically sow crops such as wheat and vegetables; but before they do that, farmers often set fire to fields to clear them for planting. That was probably the case on October 18, 2013, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image.

Sun Glint on the Gulf of Khambhat

‏@AstroKarenN: Sun glint on the Gulf of Khambhat Larger image

An Ariane 5 launcher containing Europe's largest telecom satellite Alphasat and India's INSAT-3D was launched from Kourou, French Guiana yesterday afternoon.