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India launches first mission to Mars

NEW DELHI (AP) - India has launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.

Hundreds of people watched today as the rocket streaked across the sky from an eastern island.

The 3,000-pound orbiter is headed first into an elliptical orbit around Earth. Then it'll perform a series of technical maneuvers and short burns to raise its orbit before it slingshots toward Mars.

The spacecraft must travel 485 million miles over 300 days to reach an orbit around the red planet next September.

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