India Achieves Successful Blast Off To Mars

In the name of science, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) blasted off the nation's first ever space shuttle to Mars. Dubbed as the Mars Orbiter Mission, the satellite's main aim is to scan the surface of the red planet for methane and other such chemicals. The Indian Space Agency has cleverly set an orbital route that rotates several times around the earth before going to outer space. Destination Mars will be reached in 300 days, and the entire mission costs a relatively inexpensive $72 million. If Mars Orbiter Mission ends up being successful, India will be the fourth country to have achieved such a feat, ahead of close neighbors and rival China.