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Check out the first image taken by INSAT-3DR, it’s beautiful!

The Indian Space Research organisation(ISRO) released the first image taken by INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite launched last week from Sri Harikota.

By: | Updated: September 16, 2016 11:54 AM
ISRO took to microblogging site Twitter to share the first image of Earth captured from its recently launched weather satellite, after which the picture was shared widely. ISRO took to microblogging site Twitter to share the first image of Earth captured from its recently launched weather satellite, after which the picture was shared widely. (Image: ISRO)

The Indian Space Research organisation(ISRO) on Thursday released the first image taken by INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite launched last week from Sri Harikota. The GSLV-F05 took off and successfully installed the INSAT-3DR into its orbit. The image also captures the moon at the bottom (see pic below). ISRO took to microblogging site Twitter to share the first image of Earth captured from its recently launched weather satellite, after which the picture was shared widely.

INSAT-3DR is an advanced meteorological satellite that has been configured with an imaging system and an atmospheric sounder. INSAT-3DR had a lift-off mass of 2211 kg, which includes about 1255 kg of propellant. The propellant carried by INSAT-3DR is mainly required to raise the satellite from the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) to its final Geostationary Orbit and to maintain the satellite in its orbital slot during its life, says ISRO.

Moon is also seen at the bottom of image (Image: ISRO) Moon is also seen at the bottom of image (Image: ISRO)

GSLV-F05 is the flight in which the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) will be carried on-board for the fourth time during a GSLV flight. GSLV-F05 is significant since it is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying Cryogenic Upper Stage. INSAT-3D was launched by ISRO in 2013, and it had added a new dimension to weather monitoring through its atmospheric sounding system.

ISRO has also released a video of the GSLV-F05 launch captured by a camera onboard the rocket.

An atmospheric sounder onboard the satellite gives information on temperature, humidity and integrated ozone. There are also two transponders — one for relaying data from automatic weather stations and rain gauges and the other for search and rescue purposes. 

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