Indian spacecraft to Mars scheduled for launch in November 2013.
Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, said that his country plans to send unmanned spacecraft to Mars. The announcement was made Prime Minister Singh in India’s independence day series to-65.
“Spacecraft to Mars would mark a big leap India in science and technology,” said Singh.
Various media reports said India mission will cost more than U.S. $ 100 million and a vehicle to Mars will be launched November next year, using a rocket that was developed by Indian Space Research Organisation.
India has a space program since the 1960s. They have launched dozens of satellites either for domestic as well as for other countries.
In 2008 India successfully sending spacecraft to the moon which researchers detected evidence of water on the surface of the moon for the first time.
India also plans to send space probes to the moon while a manned mission into space was waiting for budget approval.
But not all parties agree with the government’s plans. Some have said the government should focus on efforts to reduce poverty and build infrastructure.
Last week no less than 600 million residents experienced power outages for several hours after the national electricity network was damaged.