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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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