The race to land on Mars is most definitely back on with India now weighing in and confidently saying they will be on the surface of Mars by the end of 2013.
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced the shock news that his country will send an unmanned craft into Martian orbit by Christmas. It seems this has all been fuelled by the excitement of U.S. Mars Science Lab programme (the Curiosity) but the announcement has caused surprise in many circles as India is struggling with mastering manned spaceflight.
The Indian programme would be built from scratch with an estimated £82 million towards achieving their claim but this is much less than other countries have invested in similar missions. Add to that the fact Curiosity took years of planning then we can only watch to see does India make good on their claim. Ten months to go.