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    India Launches Record 104 Satellites Into Orbit

    They’re reaching for the stars. This latest launch is the largest single mission in history by nearly threefold, easily overtaking Russia’s 2014 launch of 37 satellites. Once in space, they’ll perform experiments, monitor piracy around the world and map the globe itself. Most of the satellites are American, and only three originated in India, but the high-profile launch from Sriharikota space center is a calculated move for India’s growing space program: As the market for launching small satellites grows, India’s placed itself at the forefront of the low-cost market.

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