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Mars mission is a month away

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posted on Sep, 13 2013 @ 02:54 AM

BANGALORE: India's upcoming Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) seeks to reveal whether there is methane, considered a "precursor chemical" for life, on the Red Planet, key officials behind the ambitious venture said on Wednesday.

A journey of over 385 million km — is just over a month away as the Indian Space Research Organisation prepares to launch the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft between October 21 and November 19 from Sriharikota.

A Methane Sensor, one of the five payloads (scientific instruments) onboard the spacecraft, would look to detect the presence of the gas, MOM Project Director Arunan S said.

The spacecraft has been built in a record 12 months to orbit around Mars for at least six months at a distance of 375 km from its surface and 80,000 km when away elliptically," Mars orbiter mission project director S Arunan said.

National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) would provide support to the ground-segment operations from the Deep Space Network.About the same time the Indian spacecraft takes off, NASA too will send up its MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) mission to Mars. But the two will work independently, Dr. Shivakumar said.
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posted on Sep, 13 2013 @ 03:59 AM
reply to post by maddy21

Good on them. Given that NASA has such a puny budget, it's nice to see Eastern countries make an effort to explore our Solar System.

posted on Sep, 14 2013 @ 10:28 AM
theres methane gas in the slum in india. guess what theres most def life in those slums aswell. pretty sure they live in bad conditions. that money would be better spent improving the lives of existing life in the slums, rather than finding more life.

posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 04:15 AM
reply to post by rkingpin

Scientific progress, economic growth and poverty alleviation should be done together , not separately . Your comment on "methane and slums" is extremely insensitive and disgusting and devoid of any logic or reason.

Indian Space research organization has done far far more for the poor , education and poverty alleviation .We carry satellites to space in far less cost and energy than it would have costed if we would have asked NASA or Europe to send our satellites to orbit .. Next time do some research instead of making ignorant comments in a forum like ATS
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