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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch 117

First time accepted submitter rinka writes India's Mars Orbiter Mission, known as Mangalyaan, has made some progress since we last discussed it. The mission is on target and has completed 95% of its journey. It will reach its destination before the end of the month. Scientists will undertake a "challenging task" on September 24 when they will restart the onboard liquid engine, which has been in sleep mode for nearly ten months, for a critical maneuver of the spacecraft.
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

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  • But (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Sunday September 14, 2014 @10:50AM (#47902081)

    Its the last few feet that count
    or is that meters

    • Re:But (Score:4, Informative)

      by Smerta ( 1855348 ) on Sunday September 14, 2014 @11:21AM (#47902247)

      the last few feet that count
      or is that meters

      I see what you did there []

      • While there's been much ballyhoo made about the error which caused the demise of Mars Climate Orbiter, at its root it wasn't an english-metric foulup. The real cause was that somebody didn't write down the units on a number, and somebody else assumed what the units were without verifying. If the original number had been written in kilonewton-seconds and been entered as newton-seconds, the end result would have been just as disastrous even though everything was in metric.

        The first thing that was driven
  • Do they mean hitch as in hitchhiking? No surprise!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 14, 2014 @11:05AM (#47902145)

    I've driven to LA and now I will undertake a "challenging task" of finding her and getting past the bodyguards.

  • by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Sunday September 14, 2014 @11:07AM (#47902155)

    I wish them the best of luck, but the headline reminds me of the joke about the optimist falling from a building...

  • You know, just to be sure. Dear Friend, Please do the needful and report back, we'll close this ticket for now.

    • Love the "Do the needful". My favourite saying for South East Asia is "I will revert to you" (really? you will turn back into me?)

      • and for the U.S. it is "I will be with you momentarily" (you can only stay for a second? not longer?)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Usually is the bitch. Good luck!!!

  • This is like saying that an airplane has flown 95% of its journey without a hitch when it is takeoffs and landings that get most airplanes. Only a small percentage have issues while trucking along.

    This is the same with interplanetary missions. They rarely go wrong as they drift along in them middle of nowhere.

    But the coolest fact so far with this mission is that it apparently cost less than the making of the movie Gravity. That really makes you think that if the defence budget was cut in two and the cu
    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 14, 2014 @01:51PM (#47903067)

      We'd have a lunar fighter program that cost a trillion dollars, couldn't fly to the moon, and would never be expected to fight another lunar fighter since the lunar cruise missiles would have already wiped out the enemy moon bases before the fighters were deployed, if there were any such thing as enemy moon bases. It wouldn't matterâ"the damned useless lunar fighters would be built anyway because the contractor wisely promised jobs located in each of the fifty states, ensuring that Congress would never question the program.

      Oh, were you hoping that science would be done or something?

  • by Megol ( 3135005 ) on Sunday September 14, 2014 @12:55PM (#47902783)

    Just saying... ;)

  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Sunday September 14, 2014 @01:33PM (#47902973) Homepage

    If they used a standard design that NASA uses that as soon as the two chemicals touch they go BOOM! the only issue is if the valves open or if there has been any leaks.

    Honestly this stuff isn't rocket scie..... oh wait.....

  • The whole point is the first 1% and the last 1%, otherwise, the Mars Observer is probably still going strong having completed several thousand % of its original trip to Mars...
  • Now they will discover that Mars is actually made of delicious channa masala!
  • Just curios on how many other mars missions have even made this 95% in their first attempt?
  • 95% is not a milestone. There's nothing significant about it. They're just sending out press releases at random moments in the trajectory because they want to get publicity additional times without actually doing additional things that deserve publicity.

    • Seriously.
      It coasted for months along a trajectory that was established during development and confirmed shortly after lift off. It didn't get hit by an asteroid. Congratulations?
      Or is it that it confirms they got the math right and didn't mix imperial units with metric while programming trajectory info?

      Couldn't they have waited until the 24th to give a headline about the success of failure regarding the onboard liquid engine restart and subsequent critical maneuver ?
  • Lots of flights, no matter which type, do 95% OK, it's the last bit that's critical.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... And do the needful.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't understand why most Americans on this site have such an inferiority complex. For the fuck's sake, USA is the front-runner in the space technology. If India tries to achieve a small feet in space tech, why does it bother these people so much? Scientists at NASA would be excited seeing some other agency achieve any such feet using a different method. What I am seeing is that, the people who actually contribute nothing in the field but brag around saying 'my country' did this only have this kind of opi

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Because mostly India is trying to justify this massively expensive mission when it's achieved nothing special whilst half it's population lives in poverty.

      There's no inferiority complex, because the US isn't inferior, nor do I believe for a second that any American believes the US is inferior to India. The real issue is India's belief that it should be doing things like this to try and build an image of importance over many other nations on the world stage when it should really be spending the money on fixi

      • by cusco ( 717999 )

        "massively expensive mission" my ass. One of their industrial tycoons spent more than the cost of this entire mission a few years ago on his daughter's wedding.

    • Plus, space travel should be seen as somewhat of a HUMAN achievement. Sure, let's keep an air of competition, but if you think that the US or Russia did what they did without a whole lot of help from people from other countries then you don't know your history.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Way to go, India! I knew you had a space program, but I had no idea you were sending an orbiter to Mars. You make us all proud!

    • Dude, you are totally out of line with this non-racist post. Please read what everyone before you has written before you open your big yap and show respect to someone else.
  • The mission was designed to map methane on Mars, but MSL has found none so the results could be disappointing, but just getting to Mars orbit will be a big achievement. There are no sacred cows on Mars and no methane, alas.

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