In Pictures: The Asian space industry lifts off

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India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-20 blasts off, carrying Indo-French satellite SARAL from the Satish Dhawan space center at Sriharikota, north of the southern Indian city of Chennai. The Indian rocket carried seven satellites - the Indo-French satellite SARAL, world's first smartphone-operated nano satellite, a space telescope satellite and four other foreign satellites.

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