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  1. Science, Politics and Prayers for India’s Mission to Mars

    India has successfully launched the Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, expected to reach the red planet’s orbit in 300 days. It will search for methane in the Martian atmosphere. But it’s not just a scientific mission. MOM’s launch is also a statement in Asia’s space race among India, China, Japan and South Korea. The India space program chair offered up prayers with a miniature replica of MOM. “We know we have done a great job,” said one scientist, “but let’s not complain if there is a little divine intervention.”

    Sources: BBC, The Times of India, CNN

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