India launches Mars mission

India has successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars - with the aim of becoming only the fourth nation or space agency to land a probe on the red planet, after Russia, the U.S. and the European Space Agency.

The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission took off at 2:38pm local time on Tuesday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on India's east coast.

The voyage is scheduled to take 11 months and cost the country about 4.5 billion rupees.

For more information, live updates and to see images of the launch visit www.isro.org.

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