The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite from the port of Sriharikota on Friday morning, the space agency’s last lift-off under the chairmanship of AS Kiran Kumar.
On its 42nd mission, ISRO trusted workhorse 'PSLV-C40' carried the weather observation 'Cartosat-2' series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) at 9.28 am.
The 30 other satellites comprise one micro and nanosatellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and The United States of America.
PSLV-C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 Co-passenger Satelliteshttps://t.co/bTZaQRjLmo— ISRO (@isro) January 12, 2018
Wishes started pouring in on the microblogging site.
My heartiest congratulations to @isro and its scientists on the successful launch of PSLV today. This success in the New Year will bring benefits of the country's rapid strides in space technology to our citizens, farmers, fishermen etc.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 12, 2018
My heartiest congratulations to @isro and it's entire team for launching its #100thSatellite into space. It is a historic feat in India's journey into the space and a matter of great pride for our nation. #CitizenMukherjee— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) January 12, 2018
Congratulations to @isro for creating history yet again. Your hard work and dedication has made India the pioneer of space program.— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 12, 2018
Congratulations to #ISRO team of scientists & engineers on successful launch of PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 other satellites. With this #ISRO has launched 100th satellite & achieved a great feat and made the country proud.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) January 12, 2018
1981 :: ISRO Scientists Carry India's First Communication APPLE Satellite On Bullock Cart pic.twitter.com/6UKumK46Az— indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) January 12, 2018
Oh, and there were jokes and memes too. The 100th launch also reminded Twitterati of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
If you work at #ISRO - please accept my hugs.
For being a source of consistent joy and pride over the last 2 years.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 12, 2018
Yet to take in the Gravity of this honour.January 12, 2018