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India Mars mission successfully placed in orbit around Earth: space agency

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India's first mission to Mars successfully completed its first stage on Tuesday, entering orbit around Earth 44 minutes after blastoff, the national space agency announced.

The launch rocket "has placed the Mars Orbiter spacecraft very precisely into an elliptical orbit around Earth," the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K. Radhakrishnan said from the control room.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131105/india-mars-mission-successfully-placed-orbit-around-earth-space-agency