New Delhi, March 1 -- A photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a copy of the Bhagavad Gita was sent to space aboard an Indian start-up satellite, which was one of the 18 co-passengers launched with Brazil's earth observation satellite Amazonia-1 in a one hour 55 minutes long mission.

The PM's picture was engraved on the top panel of the spacecraft Satish Dhawan Sat (SD-SAT) from Chennai-based Space Kidz India (SKI). "This is to show solidarity and gratitude for his (PM's) Aatmanirbhar initiative and space privatisation," SKI had said earlier.

SKI said besides the picture of Modi, it was also sending 25,000 names aboard the SD-SAT.

Congratulating Isro, the PM said it ushered in a new era of space reforms in the country.

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