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#61 OP DocM


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 17:18

Because UK took lots of our gold and wealth during colonial period and left us in poverty and riots?

I think the term is 'reparations'

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:46


Chennai, Jun 2 (PTI) - Indian Space Research Organisation is likely to perform its next trajectory correction manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter mission on June 11.

As its Mars mission is "on intended track" and was proceeding towards the red planet with "good health," ISRO had earlier announced that the trajectory correction manoeuvre scheduled for April was not necessary and postponed it for this month.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 14:37



No correction manoeuver in August, MOM on track pic.twitter.com/ej8LZ0Phyo



Apparently still going strong, another correction burn cancelled.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 19:45

Yup. They're showing good precision. A good sign for its orbital insertion and the other missions they're planning for the next couple of years.

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 22:03



Indian Probe Schedule To Begin Orbiting Mars Sept. 24

BANGALORE, India — After a trouble-free journey through space lasting nearly 10 months, India’s first interplanetary probe, Mangalyaan, is set to enter into orbit around Mars Sept. 24 — two days after the scheduled arrival of NASA’s Maven mission.

The Indian Space Research Organisation announced Sept.15 that the Mangalyaan spacecraft, weighing 445 kilograms not including fuel, is in excellent health and that commands required for its insertion into Mars orbit have been uploaded to its onboard computer.

Designed and developed by ISRO at a cost of $69 million, Mangalyaan was launched into an initial parking orbit around Earth Nov. 5, 2013, by ISRO’s PSLV rocket. The spacecraft was injected into a heliocentric trajectory toward the red planet Dec. 1 following a series of orbit-raising maneuvers.

ISRO said Mangalyaan’s 440-newton liquid-fueled engine will be fired early Sept. 24 — when the spacecraft is 423 kilometers from the martian surface — to slow its velocity from 22.2 kilometers per second to 2.14 meters per second, allowing it to be captured into martian orbit. ISRO said the spacecraft will be placed in an elliptical orbit with a perigee of 423 kilometers, an apogee of 80,000 kilometers and an orbital period of 3.2 Earth days.

Confirmation of a successful orbital insertion will come via ground stations operated by ISRO in Byalalu near Bangalore; NASA in Goldstone, California; and the European Space Agency in Madrid.

“Bringing the liquid engine alive after 297 days of sleep is the next big challenge,” ISRO spokesman Deviprasad Karnik told SpaceNews. He said the engine will be test fired for four seconds Sept. 22 to gauge its readness for the orbital-insertion maneuver.

Should there be an issue with the main engine, ISRO has a backup plan that involves firing the Mangalyaan spacecraft’s eight 22-newton thrusters, Koteeswara Rao, ISRO scientific secretary, told SpaceNews.

During its planned six-month mission in Mars orbit, Mangalyaan, which carries five scientific payloads, will measure methane in the planet’s atmosphere, map the surface composition and mineralogy, and gather data to help scientists understand why and when Mars lost the liquid water that once flowed there.

If all goes well, India will become first Asian country to deliver a probe to Mars. In doing so, it will join a club that currently includes only Russia, the United States and Europe.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 02:15

The Mars Orbiter has successfully entered the Mars Orbit today.

Things you need to know why Indian Mars Mission is different


The whole Mars mission has cost less than making of the 2013 movie Gravity.  :rofl:

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:13

Congrats to India on succeeding at Mars on its first try!!

:clap: :clap:

Twitter feed: @MarsOrbiter

deltaV only 0.3m/s from the target (wow!)


NEW DELHI (AP) India has triumphed in its first interplanetary attempt by successfully putting a satellite into orbit around Mars.

Scientists broke into wild cheers Wednesday morning as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet.

The success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, brings India into an elite club of Martian explorers that includes United States, the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union.

The Indian Space and Research Organisation described the mission as flawless.

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 05:18