India to launch Mars orbiter in October

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch a Mars Orbiter Mission in October of 2013.

The purpose of the mission is stated as ” it will look for signature of life and reasons for loss of atmosphere on the red planet”

India’s major space port is Satish Dhawan Space Centre

It’s not clear what rocket India will use for such a mission. It’s most powerful rocket (still untested – test expected this year) is the GSLV III

SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLV, GSLV III - image credit:WDGraham

SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLV, GSLV III – image credit:WDGraham

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