India launches 3 satellites and an experimental payload

An Indian rocket launched three satellites and an experimental orbiting platform on Thursday morning (June 30) on the vehicle’s 55th mission to date.

The four-stage, 145.7-foot-tall (44.4 meters) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in southeastern India on Thursday at 8:33 am EDT (1233 GMT; 6:03 pm local time) into the clear blue sky in what was described as “a marvelous liftoff” by the mission commentator.

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