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‘Mangalyaan’ – India’s Mars Mission

November 5, 2013

Watched live the launch of PSLV from Sriharikota with my son in tv and prayed every second the last 10 minutes to Shiva and Shakthi, the Father and Mother of this universe, to make this Mars Mission of the nation a grand success.  Extremely proud of ISRO scientists who have made this moment possible for us.  Its understood the voyage has just begun, and the satellite carried by PSLV will near the Mars orbit by Sep 2014 – which is a long way to go… still…. Mother Goddess Varahi, please guide ‘Mangalyaan’ launched on ‘Mangalvaar’ (tuesday) with infinite ‘Mangalam.’    Called my husband (at work) over phone to share the happiness with him as we all heard/saw together ‘Mangalyaan’ blast off into space in a perfect textbook launch.  Reminds me of ‘Chandrayaan’ India’s successful Moon Mission some years back when our scientists discovered the presence of H2O in the moon’s surface with the Lunar Probe.  For days, the tv channels kept relaying the Tricolour National Flag flying high in the moon’s surface!

And now, ISRO:  (what a drab govt website!) (seriously, everytime India launches a rocket/satellite, I wish my son is rather studying Astro Physics and joins ISRO someday! )


Some nice comments for posts on ‘Mangalyaan’ in local/international media:  (‘copy & paste’ job)

*  if people can eat grass to fund for a weapon, people can definitely take a dump in the open to fund a mars expedition.


*  The former ISRO chief, U.R. Rao, said that when his friends in the U.S. asked him whether India should spend Rs. 500 crore on the Mars mission, he told them that when Rs. 10,000 crore was spent on Diwali crackers by people, this money was worth spending on the project


*  The Indian mission to Mars has shown that money should not be a constraint, if you can use your brains. They have used a “minimum-fuel” orbital policy, thus reducing the weight at liftoff (enabling less powerful rockets to launch it), and by using the Earth’s gravity to slingshot the space-craft to Mars. The story is not complete yet. During the journey, the space-craft should withstand the deep radiation, so that its instruments function properly after a year, and avoid collision with space debris and micro-asteroids. It should be injected into a proper orbit around Mars by firing the very small supply of hydrazine fuel that it is carrying. Firing too early or too late can be disastrous. So the payoff to Indian science is tremendous: they get to test electronic equipment in deep-space conditions; they get experience with deep-space injection, they get experience with low-cost missions. The massive space-market is open to them if everything works as planned.


*  We spend in India about a billion dollars for the space programme. If we look at the central government expenditure, we spend 0.34% of its budget for the space programme. This goes primarily for building satellites in communications and remote sensing and navigation for space applications. Nearly 35% of it goes on launch vehicle development and about 7-8% goes on the science and exploration programme. So the Mars mission we’re talking about today is part of that 8% of the 0.34% of Indian central government expenditure. And if you look at the benefit that the country has accrued over the years, it has surpassed the money that has been spent in terms of tangible and intangible benefits.


*  India don’t care whether Mars have methane. For them, it is an investment. the same kind of investment they made in software. Invest in education, nurture the talent, display the talent and create the industry. India is trying to grab the $ 450 billion rocket industry. If India can do it with one tenth of the cost, they are going get the outsourced rocket launching jobs. It can easily be a $20 billion industry for India. Now itself, their PSLV is carrying 14-15 European satellites to earth orbit. If this is successful, they will get work for launching rockets to space also.


*  4 Pillars of Indian Democracy Knowledge/ Culture / Devotion / Happiness


*  The Indian satellites helped India to avoid major death toll during recent cyclones. They are helping in the field of education, broadcasting, global positioning, distress management, defense, tv broadcasting, pest control, water management etc.etc.


*  India is a Third World Country because it missed out 2 industrial revolutions during it occupation by others. We must not miss out on any present and future industrial revolution because they will decide if India becomes a 1st world country or not. We, the Hindus have a rich history of knowing space, understanding the space technology and must continue to explore it
*  Congrats to the Indian scientists for undertaking this complex mission, and making our region proud. The orbital innovations are marvelous – catapulting around the Earth each time with longer and longer apogee, and making use of the catapult effect to break-free of Earth’s gravity and hurl the spacecraft to Mars. This is truly a great role model for children of this region – to be captivated by the region’s inventiveness in the face of a low-budget, and yet aspire for the stars. Godspeed to the mission!
*  To all those who are saying this should not be done by a poor country should remember that it has cost only Rs. 415 Crores which is about half the amount of money spent by Indian Government on providing subsidy to Hajj pilgrims.
*  This mission was advanced so that Chor congress could list it in their achievements.
*  Avarage Distance of Mars from earth is 225 Million KM cost of Mission 4500 Million rupees approx Rs. 19 per KM running cost cheaper than Auto in Metro. LOL
*   isro submitted its yearly turnover for 2009-2010 it was 8 billion dollars and profit from that is 1.45 billion dollars so no matter what isro is making profit for the govt … if you have to blame blame the govt for its economic activities such as giving petroleum and other profitable things to private sector
*  The budget was very tight. Just 3 big bollywood budget cost for Mars mission. Congrats
*  Very good explanation for, why Isro has an annual budget of $1.1 billion and worth the cost of being in the elite list of global space market,
–  This comment is for/from the link:  (chosen because i liked it the best)

 Indian satellites launched by ISRO have been used for a) remote sensing to great benefits, b) communications of various kinds in different bands c) Forest and agricultural coverage analysis and forecasts d) security related usage e) education programs. If ISRO had not done research, who would have provided such benefits? And at what costs?

The spinoffs from this mars mission are at least a) better control systems b) better communications with extreme latency factors b) high level research on planetary systems and geological formations.


And finally, Godspeed ‘Mangalyaan!’  You are in my prayer everyday now!

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