India to launch `Mangalyaan` to Mars to strengthen space race with China

Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 20:02

London: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is reportedly going to launch a spacecraft to Mars in a move to strengthen its space race with China.

ISRO is said to have planning to set out "Mangalyaan" to test the capability of India`s space technology to carry out interplanetary missions, the BBC reports.

Since a Chinese attempt to send a spacecraft to Mars was aborted because of a technical problem in 2011, the Indian space agency fast-tracked its Mars mission.

The spacecraft will also collect scientific information about the planet`s atmosphere and surface, the report added.

The Mangalyaan probe was set to launch on 28 October, but rough weather condition in the Pacific delayed the process by a week.

If the mission succeeds, ISRO will become the fourth space agency, after those in the U.S., Europe and Russia to have successfully sent a spacecraft to Mars.


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First Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 20:02

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