May 012013

space mission

Chennai: Aspiring to join the select group of countries that have explored Mars, India would launch its space mission to the Red Planet in October-November this year, a top ISRO official said today.

“The (Mars Orbiter) mission is planned when Mars would be closest to the Earth. It would be launched either in the last week of October or the first week of November this year,” Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.

Mars would come very close to the Earth once in 26 months and the next such instance would occur during the last week of coming October and first week of November, he said at the convocation of Sathyabama University here.

By launching this mission, India would become part of the select few countries which have achieved this rare feat, he said.

India will be the sixth country to launch a mission to Mars after the U.S., Russia, Europe, Japan and China.

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