India’s space agency is preparing to launch an orbiter to Mars tomorrow to beat out China and Japan in what some are calling the unspoken space race in Asia. The rocket will take almost a year to travel to the Red Planet. However, the mission isn’t without its critics who say that the poor country can’t afford a space program with most of its inhabitants living on less than $2 per day. But India says that the mission, which aims to map the Martian surface while studying the atmosphere and looking for methane, will yield technological advances that bolster the country’s development prospects.
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