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India successfully launched into space today a rocket carrying a capsule recovery experiment to prepare for future manned missions, a spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organisation said.The launch took place from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state, ISRO spokesman S.Krishnamurthy said. The other payloads include an Indonesian earth observation satellite and a satellite from Argentina.

ISRO put the Cartosat-2 mapping satellite, a space capsule recovery experiment (SRE1), a 56-kg Indonesian satellite – the Lapan Tubsat – and a six-kg Argentine nano-satellite – the Pehuensat-1 into a 635 km high polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).

The 295-tonne PSLV is the first such launch in the last six months following the failure of a GSLV (geo-satellite launch vehicle) launch on July 10.

The SRE satellite will remain 13 days in space and brought back to earth.

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