ISRO to go for Mars Mission

Mars Mission is not for just pride or show work. Its all business with Research interest.

Indian Space Research Organisation is getting ready to launch its Rs. 450 crore mission to Mars this year. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),spoke to the media today and told “It (PSLV C25 launch) is not for pride because the exploration of Mars has its own scientific value and possibly a future habitat which people are talking about...may be 20 years...30 years from’s possible”, he said in an interview, referring to the colonisation angle.

“What’s the most interesting question on Mars? Life. So, we talk about Methane...which is of biological origin or geological origin. So, we have a methane sensor plus a thermal infrared spectrometer. These two together should be able to give some information”, said Mr. Radhakrishnan, who is the top scientist in ISRO as well as  Secretary in the Department of Space.

ISRO says the primary objectives are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.

The Mars satellite, which would be launched on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL). The payload involves compact science experiments of mass 15 kg, five instruments to study Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy.

India will be the sixth country to launch a mission to Mars after the U.S., Russia, Europe, Japan and China.

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