India takes step towards manned space mission as GSLV Mk-III blasts off successfully

December 18, 2014 8:22 AM

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India takes step towards manned space mission as GSLV Mk-III blasts off successfully

Taking its baby steps towards realising India’s ambition to send humans into space, ISRO today successfully tested the atmospheric re-entry of a crew module after its heaviest launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III blasted off from here.

Exactly 5.4 minutes after lift off at 9.30 AM from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, the module separated from the rocket at an altitude of 126 km and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere (about 80 km from sea level).

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