India studies black holes in space, launches rocket with X-rays

India is ready to study black holes in space. PHOTO/ IFL

NEW DELHI – Space Agency India successfully launched a rocket from Sriharikota Spaceport to help scientists improve their knowledge of black holes in space.

According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in a post on social website X, the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) rocket was launched from Sriharikota Spaceport on Monday.

“The year 2024 was celebrated with great splendor. “XPoSat is in good condition and power generation has started,” he said.

The launch is the second mission to study the black hole phenomenon after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a similar effort in 2021.

A black hole is a region of space where matter collapses due to a gravitational pull so strong that light cannot escape.

ISRO chief Somanath said the vehicle PSLV-C58 successfully placed the satellite into orbit.

“From now on, the PSLV orbit will be lowered to a lower orbit where the upper stage will conduct experiments with nine payloads on board, and the process will take some time,” he said.

In 2023, India launched its first solar mission, Aditya-L1, and celebrated the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar south pole.

ISRO is currently trying to launch a manned mission by 2025 with the aim of sending three astronauts into Earth's orbit and returning them after three days.

“2024 will be the year of preparation for the Gaganyaan mission,” Somanath said.