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The Mars Orbiter Mission probe is set to lift-off from First Launch Pad at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket at 2:36 PM on November 5, 2013. The launch window available is for about 20 days starting 28 October. This will be India's first mission to Mars.
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ISRO begins integrating payloads for 'Project Mars'

With the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) integrating payloads for the "Mars Orbiter Mission", India's plan to send a spacecraft to the red planet is inching towards reality.
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Mars Mission can see India emerge major power in science and technology

India's Mars Mission could see the country emerge as a 'major power' in science and technology if it turned out to be a success, a former ISRO scientist said here today.
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India test-fires Mars mission engine

The engines of the Indian Mars orbiter were tested for the first time on Monday morning.
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HAL hands over satellite structure for ISRO's Mars orbiter mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) has received the satellite structure for the Mars orbiter mission from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL).
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Not locked in a space race with China, says ISRO

ISRO on Sunday said its Mars Mission was aimed at learning more valuable lessons as a scientific community.

"We never raced with anybody. In space, science drives technological development and that will subsequently result in developing an application" - ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan.

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India Aims to Crack 'Methane Mystery' With Mars Mission

India's proposed mission to Mars in November next year will attempt to crack the "methane mystery", a veteran space scientist has hinted.
Rao, Chairman of the selection committee which finalised experiments to be conducted vis--vis the Mars orbiter mission, said: "We have selected very good experiments. One of the experiments is essentially to look for methane...Where the methane comes from (what could be producing methane gas detected in the Martian atmosphere)."

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India unveils Mars ambition

India has become the latest nation to unveil its ambition for a Mars mission. The country will place a small spacecraft in orbit around Mars in 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on 15 August.
This is the latest in a series of highly ambitious announcements by the Indian government, which is ramping up its investment in all aspects of spaceflight.

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India's space mission to send a satellite to Mars

After a successful moon mission, the Union Cabinet gave the go-ahead to India's first mission to Mars. The Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, cleared the proposal of Department of Space to put a satellite in an orbit around Mars to study the Red Planet, sources said.
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Mars mission: Demonstrating India's technology

Four years after launching its maiden Moon mission, India has plans to launch a small unmanned satellite to Mars. Science writer Pallava Bagla reflects on what this means for India and the world.
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