Tuesday, 5 November 2013

India's Mission To Mars

After United States, Russia, and Europe, now it is India’s turn to make a trip to the Mars, 378million km away. 

India’s launch of a small, unmanned satellite, Mangalyaam, to Mars is being described as a giant leap for its space program.

The robotic satellite of 1,350kg is undertaking 10-month-long journey to Mars and is equipped with five instruments.

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There is a color camera for taking pictures.  It will take pictures of earth and moon when passing over the lunar planet on the way and finally of Mars from its orbit

There is also a thermal imaging spectrometer to analyze the thin Martian atmosphere and to map the surface and mineral wealth of the planet.

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The Mars Orbiter will have a single solar array with 3 panels of 1400x1800mm, capable of generating 750watts of power in Martian orbit. It is also equipped with 36AH Lithium-ion battery for power storage

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The spacecraft will be placed into a highly elliptical orbit of 375km x 80000km

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More than 500 scientists have worked round the clock at their Bangalore-based Isro, If the Mars mission succeeds, India will be very proud of this mission.

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