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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: 5, Informative) by chebucto on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:22PM

    by chebucto (36) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @07:22PM (#1821) Journal

    MAVEN and MOM (the Indian spacecraft) will complement each other: both are studying the Martian atmosphere. The two teams will be collaborating when the spacecraft arrive at the planet. MOM even has some instruments that MAVEN doesn't have (a methane detector).

    Many more details here: missions-from-nasa-and-india-plan-martian-science- collaboration-in-orbit/ []

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  • (Score: 1) by threedigits on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:00AM

    by threedigits (607) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:00AM (#2295)

    I'm no expert whatsoever, but one could say that your MOM is so ugly she has been relocated to MARS!