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Suitcase-sized satellite launched to hunt asteroids, space junk

Published: Monday, Feb. 25 2013 2:00 p.m. MST

Indian rocket PSLV-C20 blasts launches Indo-French satellite SARAL and six other commercial payloads into orbit. The rocket carries seven new satellites, including the first spacecraft designed to hunt huge asteroids and two of the world's smallest space telescopes, launched into space Monday, Feb. 25, from an Indian spaceport.

Indian Space Research Organisation

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A satellite has been launched to monitor large asteroids and other space junk.

"A rocket carrying seven new satellites, including the first spacecraft designed to hunt huge asteroids and two of the world's smallest space telescopes, launched into space Monday, Feb. 25, from an Indian spaceport.

"The Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off at 7:31 a.m. EST (1231 GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on a mission to deliver its muti-national payloads into Earth orbit.

"Monday's rocket flight primarily aimed to launch the new ocean-monitoring SARAL satellite into orbit for the Indian Space Research Organisation and French Space Agency. The satellite is the first in a series of satellites created by ISRO to image the Earth, conduct space science, and carry out oceanic and atmospheric studies, ISRO officials said.

"Several other payloads rode piggyback on the PSLV rocket, including the $25 million Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, a small spacecraft designed to seek out large asteroids in orbits that may stray near the Earth."

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