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India To Launch Mars Orbiter "Mangalyaan" Tuesday 109

sfcrazy writes "On Tuesday (Mangalwaar) the Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the Mars orbiter Mangalyaan from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The spaceship will take over 10 months to reach Mars and, if everything goes well, it would make India the first country to send a payload to Mars in its first attempt, and would beat close rival China whose recent mission failed."
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India To Launch Mars Orbiter "Mangalyaan" Tuesday

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  • by erice ( 13380 ) on Monday November 04, 2013 @09:18PM (#45332161) Homepage

    if everything goes well, it would make India the first country to send a payload to Mars in its first attempt

    "Challenge accepted."

    • by Anonymous Coward

      India will offshore their offshores to Mars.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    But after they are done, Mars will say "Thank you, come again," right?

  • by thrich81 ( 1357561 ) on Monday November 04, 2013 @09:53PM (#45332371)

    In case anyone was wondering, the US succeeded on the country's second attempt to launch a mission to Mars. This was the Mariner 4 flyby launched Nov 28, 1964. The first US attempt, the identical Mariner 3, failed three weeks earlier when the shroud on the launch vehicle failed to open properly.
    The second attempt by the US to orbit Mars was also successful; Mariner 9 in 1971 became the first (human) probe to orbit Mars (or any other planet), followed within a month by the Russian Mars 2 and Mars 3.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploration_of_Mars [wikipedia.org]

  • No pressure. You only get one first.

  • Hey, it's not like there are hundreds of millions of Indian kids who don't have access to clean water and are therefore at risk of major infections.



    It is.

    I for one welcome our Martian Bollywood Overlords, but wish they followed Vishnu not Kali.

    • Hey, it's not like there are hundreds of millions of Indian kids who don't have access to clean water ...

      No problem. There's water on Mars.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      True, but what small percentage of the population in India gives a damn about them? I know my two best friends that are Indian don't even care about children that are dying where they're from. It's not that they are bad people. It's just that they have come to accept that many children will die. It's just a different society. When I went to our office near Chennai and there was a dead toddler on the street in front of the entrance and no one cared then I knew that their society was simply one that I, a

      • No wonder they keep pumping out more kids then. If you can't support your current population, stop making so many new people.

  • Mighty big "IF" (Score:5, Informative)

    by The Grim Reefer ( 1162755 ) on Monday November 04, 2013 @10:03PM (#45332415)

    if everything goes well, it would make India the first country to send a payload to Mars in its first attempt,

    That's i really big "If".

    The USSR failed on their first 8 attempts starting in 1960. They managed to get some our moon on the ninth attempt five years later, still not successful in getting to Mars though. They managed to make Mars orbit in 1971 after 11 failed attempts. Granted, this was very early in manned space flight. Even so, failure is still a very common outcome for any nation attempting it. The EU made it to orbit in 2004, but the lander did not make it. Between 1988 and 1999, the US had three Mars missions that failed, The USSR/Russia 3, and Japan had one as well. In that 11 year span only the US Mars Global Surveyor and Pathfinder missions were successful.

    It's not easy to get there, but I certainly wish India the best of luck doing it on the first try. That would be quite a feat.

    • They managed to get some our moon on the ninth attempt

      I meant; "They managed to get some pictures of our moon..."

    • Re:Mighty big "IF" (Score:4, Insightful)

      by zorro-z ( 1423959 ) on Monday November 04, 2013 @11:20PM (#45332931)

      Not to underestimate the difficulty of sending a payload to Mars, but they *do* have the combined 40+ years of US and USSR experience upon which to draw. When the US and USSR were putting people into orbit, landing them on the moon, sending probes to Mars, etc., it had literally never been done before. The mere fact that something has been done before- and that data collected during the attempt is available- gives the Indian Space Research Organisation an advantage that literally no country has had before it.

      Again, this is not to minimise the challenge, which will be enormous. It's only to point out that they're not flying blind, so to speak.

      • Indeed. But so did Japan and the EU. The US still had a Mars failure in 1999 and Russia in 1996 after all of those years of first hand experience.
      • by tibit ( 1762298 )

        A lot of hardcore engineering data from those space programs is either unavailable to foreigners, or still secret, or lost forever. Seriously. SpaceX can't hire foreigners, for example. India, or any other country, for that matter, can't really get any hard-core reusable engineering data from U.S. space programs, not without going through a drawn-out export licensing process at best.

        • We're still talking about 40 years of technology and engineering process evolution. I think it's a great achievement, but even if they nail it on the first try, it's not remotely close to the challenge to the first probes. Add to that knowledge of the rigors of the trip and the Martian environment as well as several different landing models employed by NASA.

  • i.e. it'll be outsourced. Enjoy your 42% savings margin.
  • The scientists involved in the launch are praying to many gods to make the launch a success. Why am I feeling assured about the success now? http://www.financialexpress.com/news/indias-mars-mission-the-countdown-begins-for-isros-voyage-to-the-red-planet/1178892 [financialexpress.com]

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by ap7 ( 963070 )

      It is tradition. Like NASA's 'lucky peanuts'. Infact, NASA has sent some over to ISRO for passing around during the launch.

  • Martians allegedly work for 3% the wage rate of Americans. With 21 tentacles they can key in code like nobody's mama.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The entire Indian space program is 0.37% of the national budget. This Mars mission is even a smaller fraction of that.

    So, no, you ain't going to solve poverty and hunger by allocating 0.37% of the budget to welfare schemes.

    • by pasam ( 319656 )

      0.34% is ISRO's budget. 0.08% of that is for the Mars payload. Roughly $20 million. I am sure the Jackasses here know how to solve poverty etc with that.

  • Will they be building the first Martian call center?
    • Will they be building the first Martian call center?

      Judging by the time I spend on-hold with their phone support, one would think the call is being routed via Mars!

  • I look at it a little different. Given the number of natural catastrophes that have befallen the Earth over the last few million years, something WILL happen again. Catastrophic weather changes, super volcano blowing, radiation from a super nova, wandering black hole effect, meteor striking the earth, etc. There are any number of things that could destroy ALL human life on this planet. You say what is my point? I think our only hope of guaranteeing survival of the human race is to get some of us off the pl
  • "Indian Mars probe successfully completes mission as slashdot twits eat large quantities of Humble Pie!!"

  • Launched (Score:4, Informative)

    by palemantle ( 1007299 ) on Tuesday November 05, 2013 @05:18AM (#45334289)
    Early days yet but the launch was apparently successful

  • If the Moon is made of cheese, the does that mean that Mars is made of Chicken Tikka Masala?
  • With half of that of interplanetary missions. Hopefully India and other countries will learn from all the mistakes and have success!

You will never amount to much. -- Munich Schoolmaster, to Albert Einstein, age 10