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In Photos: India's Record-Breaking Satellite Launch

A Historic Launch for India

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India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India on Feb. 14 at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT on Feb. 15). [Read the full story]

Shattering the World Record

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The PSLV-C37 mission carried three Indian satellites and 101 smaller nano satellites from the U.S., the Netherlands, Israel, Kazakhstan and Switzerland. With a total of 104 satellites, this mission crushed the previous record of 37 satellites launched aboard a single Russian Dnepr rocket in June 2014. The 104 satellites added up to a 3,040-lb. (1,380-kilogram) payload. [Read the full story]

Cartosat-2 & Other Satellites

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The PSLV-37 mission launched the Cartosat-2 series satellite for Earth observation and the other 103 spacecraft into polar sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 314 miles (505 kilometers). All "104 satellites have been very precisely injected into orbit … reiterating the ISRO's capability in handling complex missions," ISRO officials said. [Read the full story]

Liftoff!

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India's PSLV-37 mission is seen seconds after liftoff on Feb. 14 at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT/9:28 a.m. local time on Feb. 15). [Read the full story]

Boosters Ignited

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India's PSLV-37 mission is seen with rocket boosters ignited for liftoff on Feb. 14 at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT/9:28 a.m. local time on Feb. 15). [Read the full story]

Mobile Service Tower

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The fully integrated Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is seen with the mobile service tower one day before the launch. [Read the full story]

Closing the Heat Shield

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All 104 satellites are sealed inside the spacecraft's heat shield on Feb. 11, three days prior to the launch. [Read the full story]

Integrating the Launch Vehicle

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The PSLV launch vehicle is integrated at the mobile service tower on Feb. 3. [Read the full story]

Stage Processing Facility

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The PSLV rocket's liquid stage is seen at the Stage Processing Facility in Sriharikota, India. [Read the full story]

First Stage

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The first stage rocket is integrated at the Vehicle Assembly Building in Sriharikota, India. [Read the full story]

Core Stage

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The core stage of PSLV-C37 is integrated onto the launch pedestal In Sriharikota, India on Jan. 3. [Read the full story]

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Hanneke Weitering

SPACE.COM ASSOCIATE EDITOR — Hanneke joined the team at Space.com in August 2016 as a staff writer and producer. She has previously written for Scholastic, MedPage Today, Scienceline and Oak Ridge National Lab. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her home town of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University.