Following the successful landing of NASA’s flagship Mars Curiosity rover comes news that India has approved its own mission to the red planet. The Indian Space Research Organisation has one planetary mission under its belt, the Chandrayaan-1 Moon probe, whose time in lunar orbit was cut short by a technical glitch. According to this BBC report, India’s Mars orbiter would launch in November 2013, a date that sounds a bit ambitious unless the mission has been in the works for some time.