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8 Facts You Should Know About India's First Mission To Mars

If the mission is successful in 2014, India will be the fourth nation in the world to visit the red planet.

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6. If successful, India will be only the fourth nation the world to reach the red planet after the US, the Soviet Nation and Europe. More than half of all Mars projects by different countries have failed, including those by China and Japan.

7. The main objectives of the Mars mission are to determine how Martian weather systems work and to search for methane, an indicator of life processes on the planet.

The data collected by the orbiter will help to understand what conditions could make life possible on other planets.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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