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From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

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Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:49 PM by AlexMuller

Days after the launch of India’s Mangalyaan satellite, NASA sent off its own Mars mission, five years in the making, named Maven. Its cost: $671 million. The budget of India’s Mars mission, was just three-quarters of the $100 million that Hollywood spent on last year’s space-based hit, “Gravity.”

 
“The mission is a triumph of low-cost Indian engineering,” said Roddam Narasimha, an aerospace scientist and a professor at Bangalore’s Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research. “By excelling in getting so much out of so little, we are establishing ourselves as the most cost-effective center globewide for a variety of advanced technologies,” said Mr. Narasimha.
 
India’s 3,000-pound Mars satellite carries five instruments that will measure methane gas, a marker of life on the planet. Maven (for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution), weighs nearly twice as much but carries eight heavy-duty instruments that will investigate what went wrong in the Martian climate, which could have once supported life.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-03
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It is great that countries like India can take part in space exploration. However, I believe it is the enthusiasm rather than cost that is driving this in both India and China. Mission of NASA is quite different, so the cost comparison may not be quite appropriate here Reply


 

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