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India's Mars Oribiter Mission to reach Red planet on Wednesday

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posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 06:14 AM
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timesofindia.indiatimes.com...

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists have successfully reignited the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft's main engine for four seconds as a trial before the final firing to get into the red planet's orbit early on Wednesday.

The liquid apogee motor (LAM) engine has been idle for about 300 days since the spacecraft left the Earth's orbit on a Martian trajectory on December 1, 2013. The short-duration test was to ensure that the engine is in good shape for the 24-minute maneuver on Wednesday.

MOM executed with precision a set of commands sent from mission control in Bangalore last week and fired the 440N engine for close to four seconds. This test took the spacecraft away from its trajectory by more than 100km, but a different set of commands have been fed into the system to bring it back to the ideal Martian orbital insertion.

"We are obviously relieved," said an Isro scientist. "Now we know that the engine is fit for Wednesday's exercise." There were apprehensions of the long duration of idling would have affected some valves because of the corrosive fuel used. If the main engine doesn't fire on Wednesday, an alternative plan is to fire the eight thrusters of the spacecraft to capture the Martian orbit. This Plan B, however, would not help MOM achieve a perfect orbit to take up scientific studies during its elliptical journey around Mars.

If everything goes fine, Isro aims to put the spacecraft in an orbit with a periapsis (closest point to Mars) of 423km and an apoapsis (farthest point) of 80,000km. Of the 51 Mars mission so far by various countries, only 21 have been successful.


Looks like MOM and MAVEN will be arriving in the red planet together , the test firing of the LAM engine has been successful after 300 days now to only hope and pray MOM will be able to enter Mars Orbit perfectly.




posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 10:45 AM
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THERE IS A PARTY UP THERE...

S&F.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 12:10 PM
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a reply to: maddy21




Looks like MOM and MAVEN will be arriving in the red planet together , the test firing of the LAM engine has been successful after 300 days now to only hope and pray MOM will be able to enter Mars Orbit perfectly.


Let's hope everything works out, as that would give India a big boost and it gives them some pride as very few countries have done that.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 12:18 PM
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So it takes less than a year to get to Mars??
Remember when people would say that it took over a decade??????????

Nice work India. Now lets work on getting some of the other "southern" nations into to space before "they" complete the construction of the death star.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 12:37 PM
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You can watch live too.

Indian space agency officials will host a live webcast of the Mars Orbiter Mission's arrival at 6:45 a.m. India Standard Time on Wednesday, Sept. 24 (that is 9:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday night, Sept. 23). To follow the webcast, visit the India Space Research Organisation website.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 12:39 PM
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originally posted by: AKINOFTHEFIRSSTARS
So it takes less than a year to get to Mars??
Remember when people would say that it took over a decade??????????

Nice work India. Now lets work on getting some of the other "southern" nations into to space before "they" complete the construction of the death star.


Who said it takes over a decade to get to Mars?

They may have been talking about mission planning time not transit time. It typically takes a decade to design a mission but depending on the orientation of the two planets and the speed of the spacecraft it doesn't take anywhere near a decade to reach the red planet.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 12:42 PM
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originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
a reply to: maddy21




Looks like MOM and MAVEN will be arriving in the red planet together , the test firing of the LAM engine has been successful after 300 days now to only hope and pray MOM will be able to enter Mars Orbit perfectly.


Let's hope everything works out, as that would give India a big boost and it gives them some pride as very few countries have done that.


Not only that but the mission itself is one of high scientific value. It's to trace and track down the anomalous methane that has been detected. Its thought this could be either the result of outgassing or perhaps even current microbial life.

Either way it will be a remarkable find to know the source. Mars looks to be a livelier planet either geologically or biologically than originally thought. Either possibility is exciting for a number of reasons.
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posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:04 PM
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Indeed there is a party.

Add to these two missions several others which are headed to our red neighbor in the next few years:

2016 - ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter - (European Space Agency/Russia Space Agency)

2016 - Schiaparelli Lander - (European Space Agency/Russian Space Agency)

2016 - Mars InSight Lander - (NASA)

2017-2020 - MOM Followup Mission - (India Space Research Organization)

2018 - Mars One Communications Satellite and Water Extractor Lander - (Private)

2018 - ExoMars Rover - (European Space Agency/Russia Space Agency)

2020 - Boldly Go Institute Mars Atmospheric Dust Return Mission - (Private)

2020 - Mars 2020 Rover Mission - (NASA)

2020 - China's Rover Mission (China National Space Administration)

2021 - Mars Orbiter - (United Arab Emirates Space Center)

2024 - Phobos Grunt Repeat Mission to the moon Phobos - (Russian Space Agency)


It's about to get a lot more crowded up there.

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posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:08 PM
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India would make great partners in space exploration. NASA should plan a human trip with them. Let them developed the infrastructures, vehicles needed on surface to support small colony while NASA works on SLS, Orion, human lander. I think before humans land they should send a computer controlled duplicate of human lander and launch system there to await a later human mission to serve as back up mars departure launch vehicle. Even better to test it without humans first before humans go. Once test complete send it to orbit Photos as part of human station. Everything should have multiple use and purpose when sent out there. Even satellites should bring stuff that can be used again or later missions.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:10 PM
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Good we might finally get to see what Mars looks like instead of CGI imagery and shots live from Death Valley.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:11 PM
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originally posted by: Xeven
India would make great partners in space exploration. NASA should plan a human trip with them. Let them developed the infrastructures, vehicles needed on surface to support small colony while NASA works on SLS, Orion, human lander.


Woah, India is just starting to dip its toe in the water and its human space program is in its infancy.

They have no experience in doing any of the things you propose. So far.

They and NASA already work together and there have been Indian astronauts on the Shuttle and ISS.

Going forward the best thing may be if eventually all these little national space programs band together to form an International Space Agency. More and more space is becoming the place of humanity not individual nations. Even private industry is getting into the act of space exploration so an international/transnational agency may be the way to go in the future.


I think before humans land they should send a computer controlled duplicate of human lander and launch system there to await a later human mission to serve as back up mars departure launch vehicle. Even better to test it without humans first before humans go. Once test complete send it to orbit Photos as part of human station. Everything should have multiple use and purpose when sent out there. Even satellites should bring stuff that can be used again or later missions.


You just described Mars One's plan.
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posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:16 PM
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originally posted by: khnum
Good we might finally get to see what Mars looks like instead of CGI imagery and shots live from Death Valley.


You honestly don't believe that the Mars imagery is CGI and shots from Death Valley California do you? Here's a hint: Capricorn One isn't real. Hollywood isn't real. Movies are not real.

Space exploration however, IS real.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:18 PM
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a reply to: JadeStar

Here is another hint have a look at Mars through a powerful telescope then look at Nasa's pictures of it.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:24 PM
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originally posted by: khnum
a reply to: JadeStar

Here is another hint have a look at Mars through a powerful telescope then look at Nasa's pictures of it.


I have had a look through pretty powerful telescopes (up to 1.2 meters in size!) at Mars. I'm an astronomy student.

Of course it looks different. You're looking through the Earth's atmosphere at an object millions of miles away.

Imagine looking at the bottom of a boat from the bottom of a still lake.

That's what it's like looking through our atmosphere.

NASA's (and Russia's) pictures of Mars are much better than that because they're up close and personal and don't have the atmospheric effects of looking at planet millions of miles away through our pretty dense atmosphere.
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posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 01:31 PM
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Sorry but there's enough evidence on this site to indicate much of Nasa's activities are a massive fraud and that they haven'rt done much beyond low earth orbit.



posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 07:44 PM
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a reply to: khnum

NASA is probably the most open branch of the federal government and is more than just human spaceflight. BTW: The test flight of Orion (you know the vehicle which will take astronauts beyond low earth orbit?) is in December of this year.
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posted on Sep, 23 2014 @ 01:35 AM
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originally posted by: khnum
a reply to: JadeStar

Sorry but there's enough evidence on this site to indicate much of Nasa's activities are a massive fraud and that they haven'rt done much beyond low earth orbit.


No. Lots of people who (for God knows what reason) have some beef with NASA, and who usually just do not understand what they are talking about, claim that they are a fraud.



posted on Sep, 23 2014 @ 08:29 AM
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Mars Orbiter Mission - Orbit Insertion Timeline (in IST [gmt + 05:30]]).

Sep 24, 2014
4.17 am: Operations to insert the spacecraft into Mars’ orbit will start. Change over to Medium Gain Antenna.
6.56 am: The craft will be rotated towards Mars. The craft’s insertion into Mars orbit will be from the dark side.
7.12 am: The craft will enter eclipse. 2142 edt
7.17 am: The liquid engine burn will start. The total burn duration is expected to be 24.14 minutes, consuming 249.5 kg of liquid propellant. 2147 edt
7.21 am: The Mars occult will begin. Mars will be between Earth and the spacecraft, and the radio link with the ground station will be lost. 2152 edt
7.22 am: Telemetry will switch off. The craft will execute all operations on its own.
7.37 am: The eclipse will end, the Mars occult will continue.
7.41 am: The liquid engine burn will end.
7.42-8.04 am: A reverse maneuver will reorient the spacecraft’s antenna towards Earth.
7.45 am: The Mars occult will end. 2215 edt
7.47 am: Telemetry will resume. Scientists will get information about the burn performance.
8.15 am: First information about the mission will be available from Australia. After an hour, India will be able to get data on its own.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 12:10 AM
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Mars Orbit insertion successful
, Becomes the 4th Nation to send an object to Mars and first country to successfully do it in its Maidan attempt


Total traveling distance 68 crore kilometers and total cost is 454 crore rupees. That makes it 6.67 rupees cost per km. Still far less than what the public transport charges in India

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