India prepares a mission to Mars

Indian space scientists are planning to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2013 to look for evidence of life on the red planet, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The six-to-eight-month mission, which would study the chemical attributes of the Martian atmosphere and the planet’s terrain would cost 3 billion rupees (67 million dollars), the Hindustan Times daily reported.

“Mars is emerging on our horizon. The geo-stationary launch vehicle can take a payload to Mars and our Deep Space Network can track it all the way,” G Madhavan Nair, the chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) told the newspaper.

“There is a lot of interest in Mars. The missions of United States and the European Space Agency have given us some interesting data. Let us see what value addition our mission can bring,” he added.

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