India successfully launches its first spacecraft to Mars

Eurasia News

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday successfully launched its first spacecraft to Mars with the aim of becoming the fourth in the world after those of the United States, Russia and Europe to undertake a successful Mars mission, Dispatch News Desk reported.

The 4.5 billion-rupee ($73 million) Mars Orbiter Mission took off on Tuesday afternoon from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the country’s east coast.

The spacecraft will take about 300 days to reach Mars and will search for methane in the Martian atmosphere.