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India's ISRO Successfully Launches 100th Mission 39

An anonymous reader writes "Five decades after a humble start to its space program, the Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched its 100th mission. From the news article: 'Making history in its space Odyssey, India on Sunday successfully launched its 100th mission with its workhorse PSLV-C21 placing in orbit two foreign satellites in a flawless flight from the spaceport here. The third wholly commercial launch with no Indian satellite was a textbook mission as Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) placed in orbit French spacecraft SPOT 6 and Japanese micro satellite PROITERES some 18 minutes after lift-off at 9:53 a.m..' ISRO has so far launched 62 satellites, one space recovery module, and 37 rockets."
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India's ISRO Successfully Launches 100th Mission

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  • Re:Being Pedantic (Score:5, Informative)

    by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Sunday September 09, 2012 @09:52AM (#41279577)

    I'm more impressed with how they managed 100 successful launches with only 37 rockets.

    This is explained in the article. Each rocket launch is considered a "mission". Each satellite placed in orbit is considered a "mission". So if a rocket is launched with two satellites on board, that counts as three "missions".

    Maybe this mission counting system was devised by some ex-Arthur Andersen accountants.

  • Re:Go India! (Score:5, Informative)

    by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Sunday September 09, 2012 @01:56PM (#41281237)
    Oooh, you're not kidding []:

    People were asked which statements were closest to their own opinion about how evolutionary theories should be taught in science lessons in schools. The highest proportion agreeing that evolutionary theories alone should be taught was in India, at 49%, followed by Spain (42%).

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