India launches satellites in 100th space mission
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLVC-21 lifts off carrying one French and one Japanese satellite from a launch pad in Sriharikota, southern India, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, September 9, 2012 12:17PM EDT
NEW DELHI, India -- India's national space organization has marked its 100th mission by launching French and Japanese satellites.
The Indian Space Research Organization said Sunday's launch of a French observation satellite and a Japanese microsatellite was a success.
India has had an active space program since the 1960s and has launched scores of satellites for itself and other countries.
In 2008, it successfully sent a probe to the moon that detected evidence of water on the lunar surface for the first time. The space agency plans to send a spacecraft to Mars next year.