India's Mars mission enters second stage

India's Mars mission enters second stage

India\'s first mission to Mars left Earth\'s orbit in the early hours of Sunday, 1st December, 2013, clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet.

The success of the spacecraft, scheduled to orbit Mars by next September, would carry India into a small club of nations including the United States, Europe, and Russia, whose probes have orbited or landed on Mars.

India\'s mission showcases the country\'s cost-effective technology, encouraging hopes it could capture more of the $304-billion global space market, which includes launching satellites for other countries.