Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro) first launch of 2021, PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 of Brazil and 18 other satellites, took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Sunday morning. This is PSLV's (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) 53rd mission.
PSLV-C51 rocket launched the satellite and the payloads from the first launch pad of the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district. It is about 100 km from Chennai. These co-passenger satellites include Satish Dhawan Sat (SD SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI).
Isro also took to Twitter to announce the news with a picture of the launch. "#PSLVC51 lifts off successfully from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota #ISRO #NSIL #INSPACe #Amazonia1 (sic)," they wrote.
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HOW DID THE INTERNET REACT?
After Isro shared the tweet, it immediately went viral and garnered more than 13,000 likes and 2,700 retweets. Netizens took to the comments section to congratulate Isro on achieving such a feat.
See some of the reactions here:— (@ArunJai50304108) February 28, 2021
Congratulations— Shubham kurmi (@Shubham93301061) February 28, 2021
Proud to be INDIAN— Giriraj Kishor Agarwal (@GirirajKishor75) February 28, 2021
Love it..... Proud feeling— kamal bijlani (@kamalbijis) February 28, 2021
Congratulations Isro team— Pawan saharan (@Pawansa47590633) February 28, 2021
Congratulations— Sumathy (@sumathikula) February 28, 2021
Congratulations @ISRO— dineshshah09 (@drshah0909) February 28, 2021
Proud moment for every Indian..— Sunidhi Sharma (@SunidhiSharma_1) February 28, 2021
Jai ho— Sanjeet Rai (@sahulKu09425429) February 28, 2021
Jai hind— Nagaprakash (@Nagapra16651799) February 28, 2021
Congratulations to the entire team— kapu durgeswara rao (@kapudurgeswarar) February 28, 2021
Congratulations to all scientists! Proud moment for every Indians— Karthik (@SNKarthik_92) February 28, 2021 February 28, 2021
Congratulations to Team ISRO https://t.co/2POEKfLsoq— Shashwat Pandey (@Shashwat_speaks) February 28, 2021
This is the first time a Brazilian satellite was launched by an Indian rocket from Sriharikota spaceport. Reportedly, a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been engraved on the top panel of the spacecraft. Isro chairperson Dr K Sivan and scientific secretary Dr R Umamaheswaran name's have been etched on the bottom panel.
The launch took place at the end of a nearly 26-hour countdown at around 10.24 am on Sunday. Soon after the launch, the Amazonia-1 successfully separated from the fourth stage of the PSLV-C51 and injected into orbit.