India`s space programme suffered a second successive blow in 2010 as an advanced communication satellite - GSAT-5P - exploded just after a minute of its launch from Sriharikota on Christmas day on Saturday.
The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-F06), launching a heavy communication satellite from the Sriharikota spaceport, exploded just a minute after launch Saturday evening.
The failure comes nine months after the previous rocket - GSAT-D3 - failed April 15.
Image: Indian Space Research Organisation`s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F06 explodes after lifting off from Sriharikota on Saturday, Dec 25, 2010. (Photographs copyright PTI)