India Enters The Space Age With MOM (Mars Orbitor Mission).

by Daniel Russ on December 5, 2013

 

 

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India has launched a 300 day mission to park an orbiting science package around Mars. Scheduled to enter the thin Martian outer atmosphere on September 24th 2014. The mission vehicle, known as the Mangalyaan will look for evidence of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. The Curiosity Rover has not found enough methane to support a theory that lots of organic material was in fact milling around Mars. The Mangalyaan will look for that evidence.

The first Indian launch vehicle was not able to make the mission with current fuel storage, and so the Indians decided to perform a Hohmann Transfer Orbit which uses the gravity of the Earth like a slingshot. This will save them the fuel expenditures.

 

Source: MSN India

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