India will launch its first mission to Mars in 2013, as a growing Asian countries to catch-up in the global space race with the United States, Russia and China.
“Some of the space mission planned for 2013, including India’s first mission to Mars and our first navigation satellite launch,” said the President of India, Pranab Mukerjee as quoted by Reuters.
India will launch a satellite in October later with unmanned spacecraft to orbit on the red planet.
The launch was conducted on the southeast coast of the country on a mission that is expected to cost 90 million dollars, the scientist who became a part of the mission said.
The spacecraft made in India it will take nine months to reach Mars and then releasing the satellite heading into orbit around 500 km from the planet.
India space exploration Program began in 1962. In the past year, the State-owned satellite Chandrayaan discovered evidence of water on the moon.
India is now trying to land the explorers on the Moon, wheeled in 2014.
On the other side, India is facing with 360 million of its people who still live in poverty.
Poor population is the population in urban areas with less than Rs 28 OR US $ 0.513975 production and the population living in rural areas whose production is less than Rs 22.5 OR US $ 0.413029 per day.
What India wants to achieve with the mission to Mars compared with the mission to alleviate poor people?