India is planning to launch Mars mission that could cause the country to move ahead of China and Japan in the field of astronomy or more technically you can say “interplanetary exploration”.
According to the reports of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), over 10 months are required to send the Mars satellite to the Martian orbit and sending the information back to the Earth. India’s Mars satellite is dubbed as Mangalyaan, or Mars craft in Hindi. It will cover a distance of 422 million miles and will reach the Martian orbit on Sept. 24. It will join the Mars programs of NASA and ESA that are already present there.
“This is a major turning point in our space program–towards exploration,” said Koppillil Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, the country’s civilian space agency. It will bring “technological advantage for the country.”
Although it will be a great program but critics are saying that India has to consider the ground based problems first. In India, nearly 350 million people live on less than $1.25 a day and over 30% of the population has no electricity.
India’s Mars mission has a budget of about $73 million and was approved by the governments in 2012.
India spends about $1.1 billion annually on space program. It has 20 satellites in orbit for communication and remote sensing.
India Set to Launch Mars Mission – WSJ (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303661404579175160183234906)