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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary space agency of the Indian government. ISRO is amongst the six largest government space agencies in the world, along with NASA, RKA, ESA, CNSA and JAXA. Its primary objective is to advance space technology and use its applications for national benefit.

Dr K Radhakrishnan is the current Chairman of ISRO. In September 09, ISRO's Chandrayaan-1, the India's first lunar mission becomes the first to revealed the presence of large quantities of water on the surface of the Moon, a discovery that is a significant boost for India in its space race against China.

ISRO facilities

Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India is an important launch pad facility for ISRO.

Launch of Oceansat-2 in September 2009

As scheduled, ISRO has successully launched Oceansat-2, six European satellites in 1,200 seconds with the help of its most trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV- C-14) from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Nellore on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11.51 AM. President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others congratulated the scientists for the success.

List of ISRO Chairmen



Woman arrested for trying to enter with fake ID

On 24 September 2012, a 44-year-old woman has been arrested for carrying a fake ID and trying to enter a meeting at the ISRO headquarters in Bangalore. She has been sent to jail till October 6. Her ID card enabled her to stay for two days at the official ISRO guest house, for two days earlier this month. The police says she did not access any crucial information or documents.

ISRO, on 12 December 2012, informed the Parliament that is planning to accomplish 10 space missions in 2013. Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanaswamy told the Lok Sabha that eight of these 10 planned missions are planned by September 2013.

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