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February 25, 2013
India plans mission to Mars in 2013
New Delhi (AFP) Feb 21, 2013
India said on Thursday it will send a $70 million space mission to Mars this year to study the red planet's atmosphere. The unmanned Mars orbiter mission, to be launched in October by the Indian Space Research Organisation, will undertake a 300-day journey to the planet to collect data about its climate and geology. "The space programme epitomises India's scientific achievements and benefits the country in a number of areas," President Pranab Mukherjee told lawmakers in a speech opening a new se ... read more
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