As part of India‘s first inter-planetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mision lifted off on November 5. If successful, Isro would become the fourth space agency to reach Mars. Crossing a major milestone in the country’s space history, Mangalyaan ventured out of Earth’s sphere of influence for the first time in an attempt to reach the red planet’s orbit, and is on course ‘to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun’

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