Indian Space Research Organization

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India's space agency. It operates within the Space Commission and Department of Space (DOS) established by the Indian government in 1972. The main launch site is the SHAR Centre, 100 km north of Chennai (formerly Madras). The agency's first satellite was Aryabhata, launched in 1975. Subsequent satellites have included the Rohini series, first launched in 1979, the Indian National Satellite System, first launched in 1982, and the Indian Remote-Sensing Satellites, first launched in 1988. In 2001, ISRO successfully launched its communications satellite GSAT-1, when the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) placed it into orbit. The agency has been planning its first mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-1, to carry out high-resolution mapping of the topographic features in three dimensions.

http://www.isro.org/ News of the activities of the Indian Space Research Organization. The site includes information about India's space centre network and research facilities, and well-illustrated pages profiling specific missions.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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