With the successful launch of the country's maiden Mars mission on Tuesday, Indian scientists aim to reach the red planet at a much lower cost than successful missions by United States, Europe and Russia, in a flight that could potentially position the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the latest global space race. India is set to launch its Mars probe at 2:38 PM on Tuesday, according to the plan of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The first Indian mission to Mars is aimed at developing the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. The Mars Orbiter Mission has ambitious science goals as well, including a search for methane in the Martian atmosphere. On Earth, the chemical is strongly tied to life.