India’s maiden Mars mission will carry a space probe to look for signatures of life on the red planet. The 500 kg payload, to be launched around October-November 2013, will carry a methane sensor for Mars (MSM) which will look for traces of methane in Martian atmosphere. Spotting of methane gas will indicate towards presence of some form life on Mars, which could have come only from an organic life. The Rs 450-crore Mars mission received the Cabinet approval in August, a few days before it was formally announced by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in his Independence Day address.
Source: Deccan Herald