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Indian media praise 'historic' Mars mission

<b>Media feel India has made "a historic leap" into a new space age with the successful launch of its first Mars probe mission.</b><p>India's Mars Orbiter Mission, known as Mangalyaan (Mars craft in Hindi), took off at 09:08 GMT from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the country's east coast on Tuesday, …


India Mars probe makes first engine burn

<b>After a successful launch on Tuesday, India's Mars spacecraft has carried out the first of six crucial engine firings in Earth orbit.</b><p>The probe performed the firing with its liquid fuel thruster at 19:47 GMT on Wednesday (Thursday 1:17 IST).<p>The aim is to gradually build up the necessary velocity to …