ISRO`s 100th mission a milestone in our nation`s space capability: PM

Last Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 12:33

Sriharikota: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday described ISRO`s 100th space mission as "a milestone" following the successful launch of its rocket carrying two foreign satellites.

ISRO`s 100th space mission "is a milestone in our nation`s space capability", Manmohan Singh said after the launch at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.

He congratulated scientists and engineers of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

"I`m delighted to witness the launch of PSLV-C21 carrying two foreign satellites. On behalf of all Indians, I congratulate the space fraternity," he added.

The prime minister said the country had overcome immense odds and was proud of its space scientists for setting up world-class facilities.

He said he nurtured no doubt that ISRO would achieve greater heights.

At 9.53 am, the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C21 (PSLV-C21), standing around 44 metres tall and weighing around 230 tonne, with a one-way ticket - hurtled towards the skies ferrying SPOT 6, a French earth observation satellite weighing 720 kg, and a 15-kg micro satellite Proiteres from Japan.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 11:07

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