In pictures: The mission that made each Indian proud

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Sriharikota, Nov 6: India's mission to Mars is a major step towards exploring the solar system and what has made the scientific community even more euphoric is that the mission was prepared in just 15 months.

India is the first Asian country and the fourth in all after Russia, the US and the European Space Agency  to leap into interplanetary space with an exploratory mission to the Red Planet.

PSLV C-25 blasts off

India's mission to Mars took off at 2.38 pm from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.

PSLV C-25 blasts off

India enters an elite club by initiating a mission to Mars.

PSLV C-25 blasts off

India becomes the the sixth country to launch a mission to Mars after the US, USSR/Russia, Europe, Japan and China.

PSLV C-25 blasts off

The orbiter will take nearly 300 days to reach Martian orbit.

Location of the Earth and Mars

A television image of the location of the Earth and Mars.

A tense ISRO chief

ISRO chief Dr K Radhakrishnan wears a tense look ahead of the launch of the Mission Orbiter from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.

Security beefed up ahead of the launch

A security guard checks a vehicle outside the space station in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh from where the Mission orbiter was launched on November 5, 2013.

People watch from the ground

People watch the PSLV C25 that took from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.

At a press conference

Lensmen shoot pictures of ISRO officials who played a major role in making the Mars mission a reality in just 15 months.

Scientists at the key moment of launch

ISRO scientists monitor the launch of the Mars orbiter in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.

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