Arun Sankar K  /  AP
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLVC-21 lifts off carrying one French and one Japanese satellite from a launch pad in Sriharikota, southern India, Sunday, Sept. 9.
updated 9/9/2012 4:48:37 PM ET 2012-09-09T20:48:37

India's national space organization has marked its 100th mission by launching French and Japanese satellites.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said Sunday's launch of a French observation satellite and a Japanese microsatellite was a success.

India has had an active space program since the 1960s and has launched scores of satellites for itself and other countries.

In 2008, it successfully sent a probe to the moon that detected evidence of water on the lunar surface for the first time. The space agency plans to send a spacecraft to Mars next year.

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