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India launches mission to Mars

5th November 2013 - 10:43 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London

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India has successfully launched its first interplanetary Mars orbiter satellite to research the Martian atmosphere.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), or Mangalyaan, was launched on 5 November from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, in India, using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C-25, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced.

This is India's first interplanetary mission to Mars with a craft designed to orbit Mars elliptically and it is expected to last about 10 months.

‘The mission is primarily a technological mission considering the critical mission operations and stringent requirements on propulsion and other bus systems of spacecraft,’ ISRO stated.

‘One of

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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