SRIHARIKOTA (AP), Sept 28 - Joining an elite group of nations, India today successfully launched its first space research observatory ASTROSAT that will help in a detailed understanding of the universe and also put into orbit six foreign satellites, including the first from the US.
Taking another major step in its ambitious and low-cost space programme, ISRO�s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 31st flight, injected ASTROSAT and the six other cargoes into orbit about 25 minutes after a perfect lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.
Launched in its maiden attempt, ASTROSAT, which includes a telescope that uses X-ray, has been dubbed as a mini-Hubble telescope launched by NASA in 1990 and a one-stop shop for studying astronomical sources. So far, only the US, Japan, Russia and Europe have launched a space observatory. � PTI