India names satellites after Columbia autronaut


India has renamed the Metsat-1 satellite and all new satellites in the series to Kalpana-1 and so forth. According to a [news release from the Indian Space Research Organisation, the Prime Minister of India announced this at a memorial service yesterday.

The first Metsat satellite (Metsat-1) was launched in September, 2002 as the first purely meteorological satellite launched by India.