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On Independence Day, PM announces Mars mission

August 15, 2012 11:02 IST
India will send a spaceship to Mars to collect important scientific information about the Red Planet, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Wednesday.

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 66th Independence Day, Dr Singh said the mission to Mars would mark a huge step for the country in the area of science and technology.

"Recently, the Cabinet has approved the Mars Orbiter Mission. Under this mission, our spaceship will go near Mars and collect important scientific information," he said.

"This spaceship to Mars will be a huge step for us in the area of science and technology," Dr Singh said.

He congratulated scientists and technologists who have enhanced the prestige of the country by successfully testing the Agni V Missile and launching the RISAT-I Satellite in space this year.

India will be the sixth country to launch a mission to the Red Planet after the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and China.

 

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