India plans space mission to Mars in 2013
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India said on Thursday it will send a US$70 million (S$86 million) space mission to Mars this year to study the red planet's atmosphere.
The unmanned Mars orbiter mission, to be launched in October by the Indian Space Research Organisation, will undertake a 300-day journey to the planet to collect data about its climate and geology.
"The space programme epitomises India's scientific achievements and benefits the country in a number of areas,"
President Pranab Mukherjee told lawmakers in a speech opening a new session of parliament in New Delhi.