Indian Mars mission leader criticised over temple visit

The head of India`s space agency, basking in plaudits after the launch of the country`s first voyage to Mars, was brought down to earth Thursday by criticism of his decision to seek divine blessing for the mission.

Mars Mission hailed by leaders

India`s maiden tryst with the Mars Mission was widely hailed today with leaders like President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describing it as a "historic achievement" and "significant milestone".

India`s Mars satellite clears key launch test

The spacecraft is slated to be launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) during October 21-November 19.