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India’s Mars mission on November 5

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ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan
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ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan

India’s ambitious space mission to explore Mars would be launched on November 5 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Tuesday.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ‘Mangalyan’, would be launched onboard PSLV C25 on November 5 at 2.36 pm from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, an ISRO spokesperson said.

The powerful XL version of the ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) would be used for the Rs. 450 crore mission.

Primary objectives of the mission are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.

Launch campaign has already commenced in Sriharikota from where the 1,350-kg MOM spacecraft is slated to be launched by the PSLV.

The satellite will carry compact science experiment instruments, totalling a mass of 15 kg. There will be five instruments to study Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy, ISRO said.

After leaving the earth’s orbit, the spacecraft will cruise in deep space for about ten months using its own propulsion system and will reach Martian transfer trajectory in September 2014.

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Congratulations India for making this attempt to study Mars. I think it is a very good investment to bring back the greatness of India and Indians as a whole
God bless this mission.

from:  Dr Kombara Maheendran
Posted on: Oct 23, 2013 at 10:29 IST

India's ambitious space mission to Mars demonstrates the country's capabilities and achievements in space technology. It also points out the reach of the country in many other fields. India, in the recent couple of decades, has exhibited its enthusiasm in entrepreunership and developed innumerable businesses and production enterprises. All this is happening even while cities and major towns continue to live in squalor and unhygienic conditions. The state of civic discipline is miserable. There is no pride in one's community, city, state and nation. The local governments do not care to enforce existing rules and regulations.

Politicians have mishandled their opportunities to elevate the country to modern standards. This may just be the time for technologists and scientists to develop solutions to these problems and show to the politicos and Administrators that the people of India can indeed live in modern civililized environments.

from:  Giri Girishankar
Posted on: Oct 23, 2013 at 02:55 IST

amazing ...10 month journey through space..Best Wishes to ISRO

from:  Amol
Posted on: Oct 23, 2013 at 00:50 IST

All the best India..Prove it to the world that even we can rule the
Rocket science

from:  Ragavendra
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 23:35 IST

its not fare, Problems in home are not solved Why we are planning on Mars and wasting public exchequer.

from:  yogesh kumar chadha
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 23:12 IST

What is the propulsion system working for ten months? How was it qualified? Hope an expert group has gone into the details. It should not become a premature experiment without a minimum confidence level. Incidentally how was the propellant leakage in the PS2 stage solved?
Is the scientific and interplanetary mission a priority?

Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 22:58 IST

Congratulations India
It is an irony that we are sending a mission to Mars while we have the highest infant mortality, perinatal deaths, poverty and malnutrition and child ;labor in the world!!
It will be a blessing to India if we could send all our corrupt politicians on a one way ticket to Mars
our policies and long term projects seem so out of whack with ground Reality!!!

from:  chandra
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 22:40 IST

Congratulations and wish you all the best! Keep it going

from:  Satya
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 20:43 IST

Nice step ISRO..!! Congrats to all scientists who took a great effort for this programme.Best wishes..and i am waitihg for its launch... By aeronautical student.

from:  ASHOK
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 19:00 IST

Best of Luck ISRO.

from:  anil patil
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 18:58 IST

Proud of our scientists,
At least they keep our heads high.
All the best ISRO!!!

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 18:38 IST

The first word that comes in my mind is " Mera Bharath mahan", All the best to the team and hope it comes out successfully as expected. This will put India's capability in the field of Space technology and Engineering.

from:  Alagurajan Karunakaran
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 18:29 IST

Congratulation to us in general and ISRO team in particular,The dream is
going to be true and will be huge leap forward in the direction of space
science and a great achievement for India.It would put us on a podium
that we will share with a developed nations.Hope the whole mission will
take place smoothly. All the very best!!long live ISRO!!proud of you.

from:  Prashant Manguda
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 18:26 IST

Wish the all the luck they might need to make this mission successful cause they are the one's are really doing research and bring proud to India

from:  vikas
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 18:09 IST

Any one have idea about earlier postponed rocket lunch with our cryogenic engine !!

from:  Raj
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 17:57 IST

Best wishes for the Mars Mission.

from:  Prabhu
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 17:47 IST

Wish you all the best ISRO, I'am proud of your organisation!!

from:  Chandrasekar K
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 17:29 IST
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