India launches its first mission to Mars

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Indians look at a television screen displaying the progress of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) rocket that took off carrying India's Mars spacecraft from the east-coast island of Sriharikota, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in New Delhi, India. India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. The 1,350-kilogram (3,000-pound) Mangalyaan orbiter was headed first into an elliptical orbit around Earth, after which a series of technical maneuvers and short burns will raise its orbit before it slingshots toward Mars. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)