India to launch Mars mission November 5th

October 24, 2013
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BANGALORE, India – Scientists on Tuesday (October 22nd) set November 5th as the new launch date for India's first mission to Mars, originally postponed due to problems positioning a seaborne tracking system, AFP reported.

Blast-off for the unmanned Mars Orbiter Mission had to be rescheduled after the Indian Space Agency Organisation (ISRO) said it would be unable to launch as expected on October 28th.

Two Indian ships have been sent to Fiji to enable constant tracking of the rocket, but one of them has been late to arrive because of bad weather.

The 1.3-tonne Orbiter probe will be launched on a 350-tonne rocket from Sriharikota on the Bay of Bengal.

The nine-month Mars mission was approved by the government and has a budget of Rs. 4.5 billion ($73m).

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