Lift-off for India's maiden mission to Mars

India's space agency has launched it first mission to Mars from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sirharikota, near Chennai.

The moment the satellite Mangalyaan took off. Credit: DoordarshanNational

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India launches rocket to Mars

India has launched an unmanned rocket to Mars this morning on its first mission to the planet. The spacecraft will travel for 300 days and reach Mars orbit in September 2014.