India’s Mars mission to take off in 2013.

Top space department officials said that India is planning to launch a mission to Mars in 2013. The main aim of this mission will be to study the climate and the geology of the red planet.

 

As per the current plans, the spacecraft will be unmanned. The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) declared that the cost of this mission will fall between the range of $70- $90 million. The Indian government has already granted an amount of $22.4 million to this project. The schedule of this mission will be decided in the early period of 2013. Provided everything goes as per the planned strategies, the Mars probe will propel from the launch site which is located at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This will be done by using a 320-tonne Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket.

 

India commenced its space developments in 1963, and further went on to developing its own satellites and launching vehicles. This led to cutting off the dependence on other foreign space agencies. Earlier, India’s Chandrayaan-1 satellite successfully discovered water on the moon, in September 2009. However, India suffered a failure in 2010, when a satellite launch vehicle blew off and averted its destined flight path.

 

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