India plans mission to Mars in 2013

ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C14 launches from The Satish Dhawan Space Centre on September 23, 2009
ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C14 launches from The Satish Dhawan Space Centre in 2009. India says it will send a $70 mn space mission to Mars this year to study the red planet's atmosphere.

India said on Thursday it will send a $70 million space mission to Mars this year to study the red planet's atmosphere.

The unmanned mission, to be launched in October by the , will undertake a 300-day journey to the planet to collect data about its climate and geology.

"The space programme epitomises India's scientific achievements and benefits the country in a number of areas," President Pranab Mukherjee told lawmakers in a speech opening a new session of parliament in New Delhi.

"Several space missions are planned for 2013, including India's first mission to Mars" and the launch of its first navigational satellite, he said.

India says the Mars mission will mark a significant step in its space programme, which has already placed a probe on the moon and envisages its first manned mission in 2016.

A host of countries have previously launched missions to Mars, including the United States, Russia, Japan and China.

India has a well-established space programme, which began in 1963, that is a source of national pride. But the programme has also attracted criticism as the government struggles to tackle widespread poverty and massive infrastructure problems.

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Feb 21, 2013
Curious world: many countries such as the UK still send foreign aid to "Mars probe" India.

Feb 21, 2013
More curious is the notion they can do this for only $70 million.

If this is true, and especially if it's successful, it would mean NASA and ESA bear some sort of audit to figure out how they really spend the TENS OF BILLIONS they spend on their missions, since we spend something like 50 times that per mission now...

Feb 21, 2013
Clearly the money the EAS and NASA is spending is going to wild parties, public enemas, booze, the production of bestiality videos, and hookers.

Feb 21, 2013
Hopefully India will have more luck than Russia.

Feb 21, 2013
Rather than stupidly use the low price to accuse NASA of widespread waste, use it to increase your understanding of why American Corporations are so eager to eliminate visa restrictions for Indian high tech so they can fire all the high paid American ones they currently employ.

Everything in India is dirt cheap vs a vs the West not only the USA, so it make sense that sending a probe to Mars would cost a tiny fraction of the price the West spends to do the same thing JUST AS it cost a fraction of the cost to maintain a call center in India than it does to do the same in the West. It's so low, that none of the costs of establishment proved to matter.

FINALLY, India's probe will NOT contain the cutting edge electronics Western probes do, no billion pixel cameras, or helium cooled systems. They will only do what's been done before, and that's fine.

India is seeking to its mark in interplanetary exploration, not impressing Western observers.

Feb 22, 2013
Jonseer is right.

American engineers are way too overpriced, as are all American workers.

In order to compete on the world stage Americans will have to have their wages cut by a factor of 2 to 4.

American Capatilists who continue to reap vast financial rewards for selling out the American people, have made this a race to the bottom in terms of product quality and wages paid.

Capitalism at it's best.

Feb 22, 2013
More curious than all of this is how some western observers can talk negative about aid to India whilst the UK stole billions from India not to mention enslaving and massacring its people under the British Raj (whatever the hell that even means). Sorry, this, and I suspect the next few, are set to be Asian Centuries. Suck it UP!

Feb 22, 2013
You're complaining about the UK yet where is the tough talk from the Muslim/Arab world that raided India for well over a thousand years? Sorry, but India will never get out of its own way.

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