Inside India’s ambitious mission to put its astronauts in space

Sullurpeta in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is an average Indian small-town with a busy local market area, rudimentary tea and coffee shops, and the occasional cow roaming the streets.

Located on the country’s eastern coast, a little over an hour’s train journey north of the buzzing city of Chennai, Sullurpeta is the gateway to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) main rocket launch facility: the Satish Dhawan Space Centre or the Sriharikota Range.

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