India plans mission to Mars in 2013
Launch of unmanned spacecraft will mark giant leap forward for Indian science and technology.The Indian space mission to Mars will cost £52m, and is due to launch in November 2013.
India plans to send a spacecraft to Mars next year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced in a speech marking the 65th anniversary of the country’s independence.He also said that economic growth was a national security issue for India and warned that a lack of political consensus was holding it back.This spaceship to Mars will be a huge step for us in the area of science and technology. The 4.5bn rupee (£52m) spacecraft is to be launched in November 2013 on a frequently used rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation.
India has had a space programme since the 1960s, and since the 1970s has launched scores of satellites for itself and nearly two dozen other countries.In 2008, India successfully sent a probe to the moon that detected evidence of water on the lunar surface for the first time. India is also planning a rover mission to the moon and is awaiting budgetary approval for a manned space mission.