Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madavan Nair
said on Monday that India would launch a mission to Mars by 2013.
have given a call for proposal to different scientific communities.
Depending on the type of experiments they propose, we will be able
to plan the mission," he informed the media.
Stating that the mission is at conceptual stage and will be taken up
after Chandrayaan-2, Nair said, "Once in two years you get an
opportunity for the mission."
Chairman is in Goa to host the eighth international conference on
low cost planetary missions
Earlier on Aug 13 the Union Government sanctioned seed money of Rs
10 crore for Mars project, to carry out various studies on
experiments to be conducted, route of the mission and other related
details necessary to scale the new frontier.
Sunday ISRO called off the maiden Lunar mission after Indian Deep
Space Network at Byalalu near Bangalore lost control over the
Chndrayaan -I spacecraft.
Though Chandrayaan- I was slated to be a two-year mission, Nair
claimed that ISRO scientists have achieved nearly 95% of
Chandrayaan's scientific goals in less than a year.
also said that like Chandrayaan-1, which had cost less than 100
million dollars, the mission on Mars will also be low cost space