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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-SiddhÄnta dept.

Popeidol writes:

"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'

While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."

 
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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by weeds on Tuesday February 18 2014, @06:42PM

    by weeds (611) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @06:42PM (#1790) Journal
    MAVEN - Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/maven/main/ [nasa.gov]

    "... the mission will explore the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind"

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by VLM on Tuesday February 18 2014, @06:58PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2014, @06:58PM (#1803)

    Yes, its a cool mission. Aside from the obvious scientific results, it seems impossible to avoid improving aerobraking knowledge by studying the upper atmosphere and they're planning these crazy "deep dip" near re-entry maneuvers to gather even more data.

    NASA needs more information about aerobraking, they've already done plenty of experimental lithobraking trials.