Tech News: Mangalyaan -India's mission to Mars successfully completes first stage

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India's first mission to Mars successfully completed its first stage on Tuesday, entering orbit around Earth 44 minutes after blast-off from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, is the size of a small car and is meant to make a 300-day journey to study the Martian atmosphere.

It has a formidable itinerary: a 300-day, 780-million-kilometre (485 million-mile) journey to orbit Mars and survey its geology and atmosphere. The satellite will enter the Mars orbit in September 2014


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