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India to launch Mars mission next year

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  1. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    India to launch Mars mission next year

    The Indian Space Research Organisation’s ambitious plan to send an orbiter to Mars has received a boost with the Budget presented in Parliament on Friday making an allocation of Rs. 125 crore for the mission during the coming financial year.

    The project, which comes on the heels of the Chandrayaan mission to moon, envisages placing a spacecraft in the Red planet’s orbit to study its atmosphere with the help of ISRO’s work horse launch rocket – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle [PSLV].

    The ISRO had been aiming at launching the mission either in 2016 and 2018. But, it seems the launch could happen earlier, in November next year itself, going by the Budget document.

    According to the document, “Mars Orbiter mission envisages launching an Orbiter around Mars using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle [PSLV-XL] during the Novermber 2013 launch opportunity. Mars orbiter will be placed in an orbit of 500 x 80,000 km around Mars and will have a provision to carry nearly 25 kg of scientific payload on- boardâ€￾.

    The Budget for 2012-13 also provides an allocation of Rs. 60.46 crore for ISRO’s human spaceflight programme and Rs. 170 crore for its plans to put in place a regional navigation satellite system for the Indian sub-continent on the lines of the U.S.-operated Global Positioning System.

    Besides, the Chandrayaan-II mission to moon, which is planned to be launched in 2014-15, has been provided Rs. 82.50 crore. The amount also includes some allocation for the Chandrayaan-I mission.

    http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/article3003109.ece
     
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    It's a Great News !!! Only thing i couldn't understand is the bolded part.....what they 'll do about Chandryaan-1 now? Is that 82 crore rupees mean the already allocated money?
     
  3. ManuSankar

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    Dunno.There might be some researches undergoing based on the data collected by Chandrayaan-I.Or it might simply be un-utilized funds from Chandrayaan-I.
     
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    India plans to launch Mars mission in 2013: Officials

    BANGALORE: India plans to launch a mission to Mars next year, putting an orbital probe around the red planet to study its climate and geology, top space department officials said on Thursday.

    The mission would mark another step in India's ambitious space programme, which envisages the Asian giant's first manned mission in 2016.

    "We will embark on the Mars mission after the Department of Science gives the green signal and decides the schedule early next year," Deviprasad Karnik, director of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told AFP.

    A 320-tonne Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket will be used to carry the orbiter spaceship, blasting off from the ISRO launch site at Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

    Another senior official at ISRO, requesting anonymity, estimated the cost of the mission at 4.0-5.0 billion rupees ($70-90 million dollars).

    The central government earmarked 1.25 billion rupees for the project in the last federal budget.


    India began its space programme in 1963 and has developed its own satellites and launch vehicles to cut dependence on overseas agencies.

    In September, 2009, India's Chandrayaan-1 satellite discovered water on the moon, boosting the country's credibility among established space-faring nations.

    But the space programme suffered a major setback in December 2010 when a satellite launch vehicle blew up and fell into the Bay of Bengal after veering from its intended flight path.

    India plans to launch Mars mission in 2013: Officials - The Economic Times
     
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    Twinkle twinkle little stars,
    the world envies India on Mars!
    Up above the world so high,
    India made it in a single try!
     
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