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India plans space mission to Mars in 2013

Published on Feb 21, 2013 7:47 PM

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.

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