India’s Mars mission scaled down

India's bid to explore Mars will be a scaled-down affair with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launching experimental payload of less than 15 kg as against 25 kg planned originally. The Mars Orbiter Mission, expected to be launched in mid-October this year, will carry five experimental payloads with a total weight of 14.49 kg.

The Methane Sensor for Mars, which will be capable of scanning the entire Martian disc within six minutes, will weigh 3.59 kg, it was revealed at a presentation made by planetary scientists at the 100th Indian Science Congress here.

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