- Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a major space research centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has successfully launched Rohini (RH) 200sounding rocket at 9.30 a.m from Thumba in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala under the mission to study changes in the earth’s upper atmosphere during the eclipse.
- Thekerala district administration had warned that during the launch, near-shore waters spread over 9 kilometres off the Thiruvananthapuram coast from Valiyathura – Pallithura as a potential danger zone.
About sounding rocket:
Also known as research rocket, it is an instrument-carrying rocket designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments during its sub-orbital flight. As part of the efforts to keep tabs on the upper atmospheric regions using rocket-borne instrumentation, these rockets have been launched from Thumba since 1960s.