Since its first modest step into space by lofting a sounding rocket from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (Terls) in November 1963, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has come a long way, becoming the first Asian nation to reach Mars. Now, with plans to land an unmanned craft on the Moon, another visit to Mars, and to launch next-generation heavy-lift rockets and higher-capability satellites, India’s space program is poised for a quantum leap—at a ...

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