India's space ambition takes off
2 November 2013 Last updated at 16:47 GMT
India's space ambitions will take a further step forward this month when its unmanned Mars orbiter blasts off on a nine month voyage to the red planet.
The mission is a showcase for India's engineering prowess and an opportunity to put them in the global running for space exploration.
But when a country is still home to millions of people in extreme poverty, why do they feel the need to explore other worlds?
Yogita Limaye reports.