India's Mars rocket Mangalyaan blasts off

India aims to follow US, Europe and Russia in having successful Mars mission amid criticism at home about Isro's spending India has launched its first Mars-bound spacecraft in a complex mission it hopes will demonstrate and advance space travel technology. Hundreds of people watched Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, take off from the east-coast island of Shriharikota and streak …
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