The rocket blasted off Mars Orbiter Mission of the southeast coast of India in an attempt to place a satellite in orbit around the Red Planet at a lower cost than other missions. India launched its first rocket to Mars, in an attempt to place a satellite in orbit around the Red Planet at a lower cost than other missions and to position China as an emerging player in the space race.

The rocket Mission Mars Orbiter lifted off the southeastern coast of the country and the satellite is expected to orbit Mars begin in September 2014, looking for signs of mineral methane on the red planet. “This is the beginning of our modest interplanetary mission,” said Deviprasad Karnik, spokesman for the State Space Research Organization of India ( ISRO , for its acronym in English). Only the United States, Europe and Russia have sent probes that have orbited or landed on Mars.

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The probes sent to Mars have a high rate of failure and success of the mission will be an incentive for national pride, especially after a similar mission of China failed to leave Earth’s orbit in 2011.

India’s ties with its neighbor are marked as much by competition as cooperation. Government scientists deny that there is a space race, but analysts say India has strengthened its program because of concerns about civilian and military space technology from China.

The probe price 4,500 crore (73 million) is a fraction of the cost of the mission MAVEN U.S. space agency NASA , which will be released in November. Analysts say India could capture more of the global space market 304,000 million with its low-cost technology.

The mission to Mars is considerably cheaper than some of the more lavish spending plans in India, as a program of $ 340 million to build the world’s largest statue in the state of Gujarat, which include adjacent infrastructure. Even so, the space mission has drawn criticism in a country that suffers from high levels of poverty, malnutrition and energy shortages and recording its worst slowdown in growth in 10 years.