Saturday, January 16, 2010

ISRO launches 10 Rockets to study Solar Eclipse

Thiruvananthapuram: Breaking News! The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 10 Rohini series indigenous sounding rockets from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Thursday and Friday to study solar eclipse.

Yesterday, on January 15, the longest annular solar eclipse of the century occurred and was visible in almost all parts of India.

The VSSC launched two sounding rockets each of the type RH 300 Mk II and RH 200 on Thursday and and three sounding rockets of the type RH 300 Mk II and two sounding rockets of RH 200 on Friday from Thumba.

The VSSC also launched a larger Rohini rocket of the RH 560 Mk II series from Sriharikota on Friday. The annular solar eclipse occurred over Thumba at 11.15 PM yesterday. It achieved an obscuration of 91 per cent and lasted for about 11 minutes.

The rockets will collect relevant data on atmospheric structure and dynamics at different altitudes from the earth before, during and after the eclipse.

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