Mars Orbiter Mission seeks to reveal if there is methane, considered a precursor chemical to life on the Red Planet, key officials behind the ambitious venture said Wednesday.
A methane sensor, one of five payloads onboard the spacecraft, would look to detect presence of the gas, MOM project director Arunan S said.
He said the sensor was aimed at understanding whether life existed on Mars or if it would have life in future. Methane is the base for life on any planet.
After a media preview of the Mars orbiter at ISRO Satellite Centre here, officials of the space agency indicated the aim was to launch the mission on October 21, weather permitting.