NPR Story
3:07 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

India's Planned Mars Mission Irks Critics

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:23 pm

India turned 65 on Wednesday, and amid the great pomp and ceremony of National Day celebrations, the prime minister announced plans for a mission to Mars. India plans to send a research satellite to the Red Planet in November next year — at a cost of $82 million. Critics say the money would be better spent on the nation's creaky infrastructure, and connecting the 400 million Indians who are not on the national electricity grid.