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    Thumbs up India's First Mission to Mars to Launch This Month

    India's first spacecraft bound for Mars is counting down toward a late October launch, a mission that — if successful — could make the country's space agency one of the elite few of space powers to have explored the Red Planet.

    The Indian Space Research Organization's Mangalyaan spacecraft, or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe, has arrived at the country’s Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota to be put atop an already stacked and awaiting Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The spacecraft is designed to photograph the Martian surface from orbit and search for signs of methane in the planet's atmosphere, be it expelled by non-biological or microbial sources.

    India's Mars orbiter launch window opens on Oct. 28 and closes on Nov. 19, with the arrival at the Red Planet targeted for September 2014. If all goes well, India would become the fourth country (or group of countries) to reach Mars, after the former Soviet Union, the United States and Europe.

    Other countries have tried to reach Mars and failed. Japan's Nozomi Mars spacecraft failed in its bid to orbit the planet in 1999, while China's Yinghuo-1 Mars orbiter was destroyed when its carrier spacecraft — Russia's Phobos-Grunt — failed to leave Earth orbit in 2011.
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    India aims for Mars

    As India's first Mars mission, the Mangalyaan probe's major objectives are both technological as well as scientific.

    First, the Mars orbiter showcases the country's spacecraft-building and operations acumen. Second, the probe carries a high-tech suite of sensors to explore the Red Planet's surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments.

    Mangalyaan's anticipated on-orbit mission life is between six and 10 months. The spacecraft structure and propulsion hardware configurations are similar to Chandrayaan 1, India's successful first robotic lunar probe that operated from 2008 to 2009, with specific improvements and upgrades needed for a Mars specific mission, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

    The Mars Orbiter Mission will carry five payloads into Mars orbit:

    • Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP): Measures the Deuterium to Hydrogen abundance radio to assess the loss process of water from the planet.
    • Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS): Provides a map of the composition and mineralogy of the Martian surface, operating day and night.
    • Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer (MENCA): Studies the neutral composition of the Martian upper atmosphere.
    • Mars Color Camera (MCC): Images the topography of the Martian surface, keeping an orbiting eye on dynamic events and weather of Mars and will also be used for snapping pictures of the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
    • Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM): Measures the Martian atmosphere on the lookout for methane (CH4) at several parts per billion levels and maps its sources. Data is acquired only over an illuminated scene as the sensor measures reflected solar radiation.
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    The Martian hunt for methane

    Recent missions to mars have provided ample direct evidence on Mars for hydrated minerals on the surface, and of water at subsurface regions, said Jitendra Nath Goswami, director of ISRO's Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

    Whether the Mars atmosphere actually contains traces of methane (or not) has been pursued for many years. The reason is that sniffing out the methane could be a prospective sign of microbial life.

    The hunt for methane on Mars took a hit in September when scientists announced that observations from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover indicated that the Martian environment lacks the much-sought gas. This was deemed as a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections.




    Mars arrivals of 2014

    India's Mangalyaan spacecraft won't be the only newcomer at the Red Planet in 2014. In addition to the Indian probe, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) is also expected to begin its own mission in orbit around the planet next year.

    NASA plans to launch MAVEN toward Mars on Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The probe should arrive in Mars orbit in September 2014 like India's Mangalyaan.

    "As I understand it, they [India] have a broad range of science instruments, and some of them will have synergy with MAVEN science," Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN's lead scientist based at the University of Colorado in Boulder. "We've had an initial discussion with them of potential collaboration, but have not made any detailed plans yet for coordination."





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    this will also fail for sure.... anything from india is junk...

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    Good to know....

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