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In Photos: India's Record-Breaking Satellite Launch

Hoisting the Nozzle

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The nozzle end segment of the PSLV-C37 rocket's core stage is hoisted during vehicle integration in Sriharikota, India on Dec. 28. [Read the full story]

Fueling Up the Payload

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ISRO's Cartosat-2 series satellite was filled with fuel at India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre in early February. [Read the full story]

The Clean Room

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ISRO's Cartosat-2 series satellite was stored in a "clean room" at the ISRO launch center to prevent contamination before the launch. [Read the full story]

Balancing Test

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The spacecraft underwent a dynamic balancing test on Jan. 23. [Read the full story]

Cartosat-2 Deployment Test

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ISRO tests the Cartosat-2 satellite's deployment of solar panels during a test on Jan. 21. [Read the full story]

Solar Panel Test

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Cartosat-2's solar arrays also underwent an illumination test on Jan. 21 to ensure that the panels convert light into electricity the way they're supposed to. [Read the full story]

The Vacuum Chamber

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Here the spacecraft is loaded into he thermal vacuum chamber for an environmental qualification test on Jan. 19. [Read the full story]

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.