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Saturday, January 26, 2013

India Continues Mars Campaign for Late 2013

Later this year in 2013, India may rendezvous with the Red planet with the planned launch of a small unmanned satellite called Mangalyaan in the orbit of Mars to study the thin Martian atmosphere in 2014. One science target is to gather more scientific data on methane in the Martian atmosphere.

The Indian Space Research Organisation is opting to bypass the Moon and proceed to Mars. The successful 2008 Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, India gained international scientific respect from the mission. India is expected to resume lunar exploration by mid-to-late decade (2016 now target) with a surface rover aboard Chandrayaan-2.

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