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India triumphs in maiden Mars mission

Indian staff from the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) celebrate after the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (MoM) successfully entered the Mars orbit at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore on September 24.




India's low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Sep. 24, crowning India as the first country to complete the trip at its maiden attempt.

The success of the Mars Orbiter Mission, lauded for its low price tag of $74 million, will boost India's five-decade-old space programme that newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to expand with better infrastructure and technology.

With a spacecraft around Mars, India joins a small group of nations - the United States, Russia and Europe - that have successfully sent probes to orbit or land on Mars. Others, however, failed several times initially.

Celebrations began at the command centre at the southern city of Bangalore after delayed communication signals confirmed the spacecraft had entered Martian orbit.

Modi, who sat behind scientists, looked tensed during the final moments. He congratulated scientists after the feat was achieved.

"India has successfully reached Mars. Congratulations to all," Modi said in an address at the command centre.

"History has been created today. We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near impossible."

The state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully ignited the main 440 Newton liquid engine and eight small thrusters that fired for 24-minutes and trimmed the speed of the craft to allow smooth orbit insertion under Mars' shadow.

 

(Placed 14.09.24)              Satellite sent by India to Mars enters orbit

 

The satellite called Mangalyaan has entered history as the “most inexpensive interplanetary mission” and created much excitement in the control centre in the country’s southern city of Bangalore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who following the successful entry into Martian orbit at the centre said: “History has been created today, we have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near impossible.”

Congratulating the scientists Modi said: “Today, all of India should celebrate our scientists. Schools, colleges should applaud this. If our cricket team wins a tournament, the nation celebrates. Our scientists' achievement is greater.”

Mangalyaan, more formally referred to as Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), was launched from the Sriharikota spaceport on the coast of the Bay of Bengal on 5 November 2013, costing only 74 million dollar. India has become the fourth country sending a space craft to Mars. NASA’s 10th space craft sent to Mars, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven), cost 671 million dollar, about 9 times of the Mangalyaan.

NASA congratulated India

NASA congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with its success through Twitter.

Maven will use its scientific instruments to study Mars' upper atmosphere, measuring the rates of gas escape into space. Mission team members have said they hope the probe's observations shed light on how the Red Planet lost most of its atmosphere, which was once relatively thick but is now just 1 percent as dense as that of Earth at sea level.

The other three operational spacecraft currently circling the Red Planet are NASA's Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, along with Europe Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express probe.



The space craft sent by India has entered into the orbit of Mars! India has become the fourth country sending a space craft to the ‘Red Planet.’ The satellite called Mangalyaan has entered history as the “most inexpensive interplanetary mission.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was sitting in the control room of Indian Space Research Organization in India's tech capital Bangalore announced the successful entry into Martian orbit: “History has been created today, we have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near impossible.”Congratulating the scientists Modi said: “Today, all of India should celebrate our scientists. Schools, colleges should applaud this. If our cricket team wins a tournament, the nation celebrates. Our scientists' achievement is greater.”

It will study the Mars atmosphere
Mangalyaan, more formally referred to as Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), was launched from the Sriharikota spaceport on the coast of the Bay of Bengal on 5 November 2013, costing only 74 million dollar. India has become the fourth country sending a space craft to Mars. NASA’s 10th space craft sent to Mars, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven), cost 671 million dollar, about 9 times of the Mangalyaan.Thickness of atmosphere 1 percent of that of earth.



Maven will use its scientific instruments to study Mars' upper atmosphere, measuring the rates of gas escape into space. Mission team members have said they hope the probe's observations shed light on how the Red Planet lost most of its atmosphere, which was once relatively thick but is now just 1 percent as dense as that of Earth at sea level.

The other three operational spacecraft currently circling the Red Planet are NASA's Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, along with Europe Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express probe.

 

Indian staff from the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) celebrate after the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (MoM) successfully entered the Mars orbit at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore on September 24.

(Dünya, 4th   November, 2014) Turkish consultant to Indian transportation network


The Turkish company SmartSoft started to provide consultancy services to the public in India inprojects to develop national transportation payment systems in the country.

SmartSoft, one of the companies of the Cardtek Group, in recent months started a project enabling 8 million passengers to travel with prepaid cards in India’s city of Bangalore in what is known as the Asian Silicon Valley.

SmartSoft now started to provide consultancy services to the public in India in projects to develop national transportation payment systems in the country.

SmartSoft is developing payment systems projects and is informing the public in fields like transportation and shopping, from the entrance of a stadium to the use of cards on the campus.özgür Altuntaş, General Director of SmartSoft, emphasized the importance of India’s confidence in SmartSoft as one of the major producers in the software sector in this project. Altuntaş mentioned that in India with an enormous potential, to be planning to introduce this project to the whole country. Altuntaş further said: “We are developing innovative products in our country. To use these products worldwide and the fact the company succeeding doing so is a 100 percent Turkish company is making us feel proud. It is honouring us to contribute to exporting technology in order reach the goal of entering the 10 biggest economies of the world by 2023.”
(Dünya, 4th November, 2014) Turkish consultant to Indian transportation network



India’s famously frugal Mars mission has been extended by around six months thanks to a surplus of fuel on board the spacecraft, the country’s space agency said March 24.The Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft had been scheduled to wrap up its mission this month after India in September became the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet, all on a shoe-string budget.

But scientists said the unmanned spacecraft would remain in orbit to study the planet’s atmosphere and its surface after burning less fuel than expected over the last six months.“As the... Mars Orbiter has sufficient fuel to last longer than it was intended earlier, its mission has been extended for another six months,” said Devi Prasad Karnik, director of the state-run Indian Space Research Organization.

“The five scientific instruments on board the spacecraft will continue to collect data and relay them to our deep space network centre here for analysis,” Karnik told AFP.India’s successful mission to Mars, all on its first attempt, is a huge source of national pride, while the government has heralded the project as an example of Indian-made capability.

The mission cost just $74 million, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has quipped was less than the estimated $100 million budget for the sci-fi Hollywood blockbuster “Gravity.”India has been trying to keep up with neighbouring giant China, which has poured billions of dollars into its own space program.Of the five instruments on board, the spacecraft’s camera has been the most active, capturing images of the planet’s surface, including valleys, mountains, craters, clouds and dust storms.

The other four have been conducting various experiments to study the Martian surface, including its mineral composition and to scan its atmosphere for methane gas, which comes mainly from living organisms.

Scientists at mission control in the southern city of Bangalore say the spacecraft and its instruments are functioning normally.“The health and other parameters of the spacecraft are fine and all the essential functions continue to perform normal,” Karnik said.
India’s frugal Mars mission extended by six months

 
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