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India will launch Mars mission next year: President of India
21 February 2013: Today President of India Pranab Mukherjee announced plan to launch its first space mission to Mars this year.
"Several space missions are planned for 2013, including India's first mission to Mars and the launch of our first navigational satellite," Mukherjee affirmed in his first address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session.
The satellite will undertake a 300-day journey to Mars and it is expected that it will be in the Martian orbit in September next year. India will use its own Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to send the satellite in space.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is also very close to send the first of its seven satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) in orbit. The system will be India's version of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee also emphasized Indian space missions scientific achievements, "the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on September 9, 2012 marked our 100th space mission. India's first remote sensing satellite RISAT-1, with all-weather imaging capability, was also launched in 2012".