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India Prepares to Launch Mars Orbiter in Space Race With China

India is preparing to launch a spacecraft to Mars tomorrow, striving to put a probe into orbit around the red planet before China and Japan.

A rocket is scheduled to blast off at 2:38 p.m. from southeast India, embarking on a journey of 423 million miles (680 million kilometers) that will take almost a year, according to the Indian Space Research Organization. Only the U.S., Europe and Russia have successfully orbited Mars.