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This photograph taken on October 30, 2013 shows an Indian security forces member keeping watch near the PSLV-C25 launch vehicle, carrying the Mars Orbiter probe as its payload, at the Indian Space Research Organisation facility in Sriharikota, ahead its planned launch on November 5. The unmanned probe, weighing 1.35 tonnes and about the size of a large refrigerator, will leave earth strapped to an Indian rocket which is set to blast off from the south-east coast on November 5 afternoon. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on October 30, 2013 shows an Indian security forces member keeping watch near the PSLV-C25 launch vehicle, carrying the Mars Orbiter probe as its payload, at the Indian Space Research Organisation facility in Sriharikota, ahead its planned launch on November 5. The unmanned probe, weighing 1.35 tonnes and about the size of a large refrigerator, will leave earth strapped to an Indian rocket which is set to blast off from the south-east coast on November 5 afternoon. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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