India launches its first space observatory!

This is a major step forward for India’s space program, on the same level as their successful Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) in terms of the advancement and commitment to scientific research that it demonstrates.  The spacecraft is called Astrosat, and it is equipped to observe in ultraviolet, medium x-ray, and hard x-ray, with gamma ray detectors to enable it to study the gamma ray bursts.

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