Journal : Jiefang Daily (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA
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Xinhua News Agency, Mumbai, Sep.28th—Carried by the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30), India’s first space telescope Astrosat has successfully reached the orbit after being launched at the astronautical center in Andhra Pradesh at 10 o’clock on Sep.28 local time.

 

Indian space research organization told media that Astrosat is a satellite with high precision for space observation. It carries five effective observing loads including an ultraviolet telescope, and will perform tasks lasting five years. Its main assignments will be obtaining space observation date. Local media reported that the successful launching of Astrosat marks India’s entrance into the space telescope club that previously only included America, Europe, Japan and Russia.

 

Although some western media noted Astrosat as India’s Hubble Space Telescope, Indian experts considered this comparison improper as Hubble Space Telescope launched by NASA is ten times heavier than India’s Astrosat. Moreover, Hubble costs 2.5 billion USD while Astrosat only costs 1.8 billion Rs (around 27 million USD).

 

印首枚太空望远镜入轨

 

据新华社孟买9月28日电 印度首枚太空天文望远镜(Astrosat)于当地时间28日10时由印度极地卫星运载火箭(PSLV-C30)从位于安得拉邦的航天中心发射升空,并成功入轨。

印度空间研究组织对媒体说,印度发射的这枚太空天文望远镜,是一种高精度太空观测卫星,共携带五个有效观测载荷,其中包括一台紫外成像望远镜,它将在太空进行为期5年的工作,主要任务是获取太空观测数据。当地媒体称,此前只有美国、欧洲、日本和俄罗斯拥有太空天文望远镜,而此次发射使印度也跻身太空天文望远镜俱乐部。

尽管有西方媒体把印度发射的这颗太空天文望远镜称之为印度版的哈勃太空望远镜,但印度专家认为这种称法“并不合适”,因为美国航天局发射的哈勃太空望远镜比印度的太空天文望远镜重10倍,耗资25亿美元,而印度的太空天文望远镜成本仅仅18亿卢比(大约2700万美元)。

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