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November 4-10, 2013 / Vol 32, No 44 / Hawai`i Island, USA

1 Nov 2013, 20:52 UTC
November 4-10, 2013 / Vol 32, No 44 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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India 1st Mars Mission & USA MAVEN Spacecraft Ready to Launch, Collaborate
Important steps toward advancing humanity as a multi world species are being taken as the 1st India Mars mission is ready to launch aboard a PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India at 14:38 on November 5. Known as Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan (Mars craft), the 1,350-kg craft is foremost a space technology development venture tasked with providing data on orbit maneuvers, deep-space communication and autonomous capabilities. It will also explore the morphology, mineralogy and atmosphere of Mars using 5 indigenous instruments including a Lyman-Alpha Photometer and Methane Sensor. After 25 days in highly-elliptical Earth orbit, an engine burn will send MOM toward Mars where it is expected to enter orbit September 24, 2014 and spend its 6-10 month operational life. NASA is set to launch Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (Maven) on Nov 18 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is scheduled to arrive at Mars 2 days before MOM. Deep Space Network will provide support services for Maven and MOM, and the 2 mission science teams plan to collaborate on overlapping objectives. The US$671M, 8-instrument Maven is expected to ...

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