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Mars mission on track, scientists testing payload

India’s Mars mission is on track and space scientists are testing the payloads before they are integrated with the satellite.

‘We are on track for a October launch this year. The payloads are undergoing tests,’ a senior official of the Department of Space said.

The Mars Orbiter Mission, expected to be launched in mid-October this year, will carry five experimental payloads with a total weight of 14.49 kg. The Methane Sensor for Mars, which will be capable of scanning the entire Martian disc within six minutes, will weigh 3.59 kg.

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