THE second and most important ship to be stationed in Fiji and the South Pacific Ocean to collate data from the first Indian space mission to Mars arrived into the country yesterday.
The ship MV SCI Nalanda was delayed to Suva as it entered Fiji's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) facing rough seas and low pressure.
India's high commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar said the ship docked at the Kings Wharf last night.
"The ship had couple of delays together with the mission. The scientists in the country are currently working in the ships before the launch," Mr Kumar said.
And while Fiji will be a focal point for the mission's data collection, the BBC reported that India's mission was likely to stroke the fires of a burgeoning Asian space race.
It reported that the Mangalyaan probe was to have been launched as early as October 28, but rough weather in the Pacific forced officials to delay the launch by a week.
If the mission succeeds, ISRO will become the fourth space agency, after those in the US, Europe and Russia to successfully send a spacecraft to Mars.