India went Mars because Japan and China had tried and failed and she wanted the glory to the first Asian country to succeed. The small cars sized Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) with its modest 15kg science package of five instruments was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 5th November 2013 from India’s space port Shriharikota on the east coast and is due to arrive on 24th September.
It’s a boom period for study of the Red Planet - space agencies can’t stop sending probes and robots there. And Nasa’s latest probe will soon be joined by another from India.
Current U.S. laws that forbid partnering with China on galactic exploration seem outdated. Astronauts from China and the United States met in Beijing from September 10 to 15 to discuss international planetary friendship and cooperation along with space travelers from 16 other countries. Among the topics at hand were plans for China’s space station, ready to launch in 2022, and a space lab that will enter orbit by 2016.