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November 13th, 2013 - India goes to Mars!

posted 19 Feb 2014, 09:17 by Leonardo Zanus   [ updated 19 Feb 2014, 09:18 ]
Indian Space Research Organisation 
India launches the first "low budget" Mars orbiter mission.

On November 13th, India's MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission) took off successfully. It is the first "low-budget" mission to mars, considering its $72 Million costs compared to the NASA average of about $600 Millions. Its scientific scope is limited, if compared to other's missions, but we must also consider the underlying economic situation of India. Nevertheless a new orbiter is trying to reach the Mars planet, and we really wish him a nice trip! The Indian effort must be read as a significant change in today's approach to space missions: space is not a military battlefield  anymore, it is going to be owned by Nations and Businesses for a global benefit.

(sources: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/robotic-exploration/india-launches-first-mission-to-mars-some-oppose-it)