India blasts off in race to Mars with low-cost mission

Published: November 5, 2013
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In this file picture taken on September 11, 2013, scientists and engineers work on a Mars Orbiter vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) satellite centre in Bangalore. PHOTO: AFP

In this file picture taken on September 11, 2013, scientists and engineers work on a Mars Orbiter vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) satellite centre in Bangalore. PHOTO: AFP

In this file picture taken on September 11, 2013, scientists and engineers work on a Mars Orbiter vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) satellite centre in Bangalore. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: India launched its first rocket to Mars on Tuesday, aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the red planet at a lower cost than previous missions and potentially positioning the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the global space race.

The Mars Orbiter Mission blasted off from the southeastern coast with the satellite scheduled to start orbiting Mars by September, searching for methane and signs of minerals.

“This is our modest beginning for our interplanetary mission,” said Deviprasad Karnik, spokesman for the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Only the United States, Europe, and Russia have sent probes that have orbited or landed on Mars. Probes to Mars have a high failure rate and a success will be a boost for national pride, especially after a similar mission by China failed to leave Earth’s orbit in 2011.

India’s ties with its neighbour are marked as much by competition as cooperation. Government scientists deny any space race, but analysts say India has stepped up its programme because of concerns about China’s civilian and military space technology.

The probe’s 4.5 billion rupee price tag is a fraction of the cost of NASA’s MAVEN mission, also due to launch in November. Analysts say India could capture more of the $304 billion global space market with its low-cost technology.

The Mars mission is considerably cheaper than some of India’s more lavish spending schemes, including a $340 million plan to build the world’s largest statue in the state of Gujarat, including surrounding infrastructure.

Even so, it has drawn criticism in a country suffering from high levels of poverty, malnutrition and power shortages and experiencing its worst slowdown in growth in ten years.

India has long argued that technology developed in its space programme has practical applications to everyday life.

“For a country like India, it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said Susmita Mohanty, co-founder and chief executive of Earth2Orbit, India’s first private space start-up. She argued that satellites have broad applications from television broadcasting to disaster management.

India’s space programme began 50 years ago and developed rapidly after Western powers imposed sanctions in response to a nuclear weapons test in 1974, spurring scientists to build advanced rocket technology. Five years ago, its Chandrayaan probe landed on the moon and found evidence of water.

The relative prowess in space contrasts with poor results developing fighter jets by India’s state-run companies.

The Mars Orbiter Mission plans to search for methane in the Martian atmosphere, the chemical strongly tied to life on Earth. Recent measurements made by NASA’s rover, Curiosity, show only trace amounts of it on Mars.

India’s mission will also study Martian surface features and mineral composition.

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Am nervous waiting for the launch – watching it live – will be many months before we know if the mission is successful or not…

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  • Abu Noor
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:50PM

    Welldone India! Hardwork always pays. Regardless of its results, your efforts to join the big league are commendable.

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  • Pro
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:54PM

    What can you expect from the mission when even the website of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is unavailable? http://www.isro.org/. Mindless and shameful mission. Instead of searching life in the sky, it could be better to care for miserable life on their own earth.

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  • Zaid Hamid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:07PM

    What is big deal in it?

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  • Anu
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:37PM

    @Abu Noor:
    it is not an effort to join the big league,,,it is an effort to overcome biggest demon called ignorance!!!

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  • Pankaj
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:42PM

    @Pro:
    you can expect traffic on isro website today! If you are trying to open it from pak maybe you are filtered!
    and it happens that if you have problem in your feet then you stop eating or combing hair ?
    Space mission is our pride ! poverty is problem .we have to face both.

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  • rasgullah
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:49PM

    And Pakistanis can’t decide on which day moon is sighted.

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  • Babar
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:58PM

    Good luck India.

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  • Lala Roshanlal
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:01PM

    @Pro:
    The website is very much running. Did your government banned ISRO website in Pakistan?

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  • KAY
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:01PM

    Now what would Pakistan launch as a response. I wish terrorists could be tied to this rocket.

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  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:03PM

    watched upto stage 3, tension was palbable, was tense too, at every stage !!!!
    and it takes 45days to know where the sat would be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    fingers going to be numb being crossed for 45days !!!!

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  • andy
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Congratulations ISRO!

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  • Indra
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Mashallah, Allah has blessed India.;)..

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  • Raj
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Condradulation ISRO for putting orbitor into space successfully.

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  • harkol
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:06PM

    India is a poor country and ideally it should be spending all its resources on creating social infrastructure to uplift its economy and create jobs to ensure poverty is beaten.

    However, the experience suggests that if you do not leverage your capabilities you will be discriminated against. Nehru did not do an nuclear test (even as Homi Baba was ready to do so) because his ‘sensibilities’ did not let him do it. And when the NPT was finalized, India was designated as a non-nuclear power, because it hadn’t conducted nuclear test before 1968, while China was admitted to ‘nucler club’ because it had done so in 1964.

    Nehru’s stupidity cost India. Fact that India conducted nuclear test just 2 year after the NPT was adopted by major powers did not count.

    If you are late to join a technology race, you may be barred by discriminatory regime. India is thus justified in joining the space race, because as one of the biggest nations in the world it can’t loose any possible advantage in future.

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  • Spock
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:07PM

    First and only South Asian to have presence in space faring nations list. India needs to invest in GSLV and basic sciences in the deemed universities to do any meaningful research on the outer planets.

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  • greg
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:07PM

    pakistan launched nasr missile as a reply to India’s mars mission.

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  • B
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:08PM

    @Pro:
    Just before the launch, it was announced on TV it was due to unprecedented response to its website.

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  • GrimmJow
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:09PM

    @PRO – maybe its the internet at your end? The website opens just fine here~!

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:10PM

    @Zaid Hamid:

    The big deal is that the Indians will be enouraged in their engineering ventures and local manufactring. no one should think that Indian plans to sent half of its population to the red planet, which by the way will not be bad at all.

    Rex Minor

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  • Anshuman Tripathy
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Saw the entire thing from the build up to the count down to lift off. It was a combination of nervousness & immense pride for me. The 4 stages of the launch have been completed & The Orbiter has already been placed on a geosynchronous path around the earth’s orbit and is on course to Mars.
    Now critics on both sides of the border will start nagging about the no. of toilets and number of people below the poverty line.The numbers of the former is increasing and the latter is gradually decreasing. Although our economy is starting to look up from the bust which happened recently,we have a long way to go before we sort the problems of corruption, poverty , casteism & implement a truly changed mindset inclined towards progress. These problems are not going solve themselves overnight and will take time.That doesn’t mean we stop chasing feasible & cost friendly scientific endeavours which have immediate scientific & economic benefits to the nation.
    Cannot wait for the GSLV MkIII launch vehicle to get completed.This will mark the 1st step of launching many satellites into orbit (including the chandrayaan 2 moon rover) & eventually the Indian Human Spaceflight program that is planned for 2020.

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  • Hameed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:14PM

    We are busy fighting with hakimullah, but india gone leaps and bounds and now they are sending mars orbitor to mars today, unbelievable what they have achieved ! We are testing our missiles which are no use for day to day life for our people or our nation.

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  • Rajesh
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Congradulation India for the successful mission to mars at the first stage

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  • Kamal
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:20PM

    I am surprised it is unmanned. With the population of beasts and humans they have, a few on a one-way mission to Mars would not be missed. Their problem is in their villages and their downtrodden but they continue to defy domestic logic by spending big dollars on such missions. We should be encouraging them. Let them overspend in Space than on the military

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:22PM

    First phase completed successfully – good beginning.

    It will be a grand moment for the Indian subcontinent if and when the probe is inserted successfully in the intended orbit around Mars.

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  • Anshuman Tripathy
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Saw the entire thing from the build up to the count down to lift off. It was a combination of nervousness & immense pride for me. The 4 stages of the launch have been completed & The Orbiter has already been placed on a geosynchronous path around the earth’s orbit and is on course to Mars.
    Now critics on both sides of the border will start nagging about the no. of toilets and number of people below the poverty line.The numbers of the former is increasing and the latter is gradually decreasing. Although our economy is starting to look up from the bust which happened recently,we have a long way to go before we sort the problems of corruption, poverty , casteism & implement a truly changed mindset inclined towards progress. These problems are not going solve themselves overnight and will take time.That doesn’t mean we stop chasing feasible & cost friendly scientific endeavours which have immediate scientific & economic benefits to the nation.
    Cannot wait for the GSLV MkIII launch vehicle to get completed.This will mark the 1st step of launching many satellites into orbit (including the chandrayaan 2 moon rover) & eventually the Indian Human Spaceflight program that is planned for 2020

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  • Xnain
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:23PM

    @Jat:
    Months? Even an object travelling at the speed of light would take around 450 days to reach the mars. And I hope you know what is the speed of light. The most challenging part is not the
    launch but the endurance and quality of instrumentation present in the launching craft. I hope low cost mission be able to survive space travel. NASA is not a high spending agency for nothing

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  • Padhosee
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:27PM

    @Pro: this has done by them intentionally so that no… pak hackers can…………U know what I’m trying to say. Secondly, let the mission complete successfully, as habitual, you pakistanis will start asking for your share of land on mars also:)

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  • Porkstan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:34PM

    As India launches rocket to Mars, we should not forget lots of common men in fata launch hand held rocket launcher.

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  • greg
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:35PM

    @Xnain:

    @Jat: Months? Even an object
    travelling at the speed of light would
    take around 450 days to reach the
    mars. And I hope you know what is the
    speed of light.

    excuse me!!!!!!!!!! educate yourself. light from sun takes alittle more than 8 minutes.

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  • polpot
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:36PM

    India launches mission to Mars
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistan launches mission to Swat:).

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  • Bharat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:37PM

    Congratulations India for becoming the first Asian country to send a probe mission to Mars. I hope our neighbors will get inspired by our success and won’t get jealous. :-)

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  • Guru
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:41PM

    @Zaid Hamid: You are right, no big deal. Getting hit by DRONES is of course a BIG deal Recommend

  • Anum Arshi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:42PM

    With 400 million Indians below poverty line (earning less than $1.25 per day), this has to be a very very low cost mission.Recommend

  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:44PM

    @Xnain: You need to brush up on your science and read the new items again. If everything goes well, the craft will reach Mars in September 2014.

    But you point on quality and endurance of instrumentation is valid and hopefully our scientists did a good job in designing and fabricating. Recommend

  • polpot
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:44PM

    @Zaid Hamid: “What is big deal in it?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I knew you would ask that!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:45PM

    If one has to money and the brains…………then, why not ?Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:46PM

    @Xnain:
    Hats off to your knowledge.
    Which madrasa you studied in?
    Do you have an idea about how far is the Mars planet from earth?Recommend

  • KJS
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:53PM

    @Xnain
    You really think Mars is more than a light year away?
    Here are few facts for you. As Earth and Mars are orbiting around Sun in their respective orbits hence the distance between the two varies between 54.6 million kilometers to 401 million km at any given moment with the average distance being about 225 million km. As Light travels at 3 lac Km/sec so it will take about 22 minutes for light to reach Mars from Earth even when they are 401million Kms apart.
    With the present space technology a spacecraft can reach Mars from Earth in 150 days but Managalyaan will take about 300 days as it will orbit earth longer to gain required momentum.
    Hope that helps.
    Peace.
    KJSRecommend

  • jssidhoo
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:54PM

    @Zaid Hamid: Technology my friend Recommend

  • pakistan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Rape capital is shiftd to Mars!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:57PM

    @Kamal: Dear, this launch will open a big space market in India… revenue of more than $300 billion is expected to be generated after this mission… India now provides a market for many countries for setting their satellites in space on low cost… it will support Indian economy to become more strong… hope Pakistan will also take few steps in technologies which can support the Pakistani economy rather than only spending on useless missiles…. Recommend

  • Suresh
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:02PM

    Rs.500.00 crores spent on this mission is less than budget of any municipality in India. Prof.Yashpal said, Indians just other day spent Rs.5,000.00 crores on burning crackers for this Diwali. Budget for any central social welfare scheme is more than Rs.50,000.00 crores each, which invariably never reaches the poor. At least, I wish, this Mars Orbiter will reach Mars as planned. The launch moments were very very tense ( more tense than Indo Pak cricket match), it went like a text book precision and finally they made it seem like a child’s play.Recommend

  • Anshuman Singh
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:05PM

    @Xnain:

    Man how could you say that . Time taken by light to reach mars is approximately 12 minutes.
    Average distance between earth and mars is 225000000 km ,i.e, 225000000000 metres . Speed of light is 300000000 m/s . So, total time taken by light to reach mars is 225000000000/300000000 = 750 seconds = 12 minutes …Recommend

  • Anshuman Singh
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:06PM

    @Xnain .

    Man how could you say that . Time taken by light to reach mars is approximately 12 minutes.
    Average distance between earth and mars is 225000000 km ,i.e, 225000000000 metres . Speed of light is 300000000 m/s . So, total time taken by light to reach mars is 225000000000/300000000 = 750 seconds = 12 minutes …Recommend

  • Satish, Chennai
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:09PM

    For all those crying about poverty, especislly my Pakistani friends the money spent on this mission by ISRO is Rs. 450 crores, whereas the money spent by Indian govrrnment annually on Hajj subsidy is 900 crores, if anything this subsidy should be diverted to poverty reductionnRecommend

  • nononsense
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:11PM

    now suparco will launch its mar mission within a week…oh oh sorry u hv nt launched a single satellite by own till now…Recommend

  • king
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:13PM

    what is this??? Friend !!! http://www.isro.org/ this is the isro website. India doing incredible work. don’t be jealous!!! Grow up…Recommend

  • M Fazal Rehman
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Astaghfirullah,,, i hope they dont take it out of my budget! :§Recommend

  • Zen
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:16PM

    @Kamal:
    @Rex Minor:
    Are you asking our Indian Muslim community to tied to the rocket and sent to Mars. How hateful can one get.Recommend

  • Chetan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:22PM

    @zaid, gaining enough expertise to capture the most in $304 space market is a big deal indeedRecommend

  • Manju
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:23PM

    Don’t worry my Pakistani friends the ‘Strategic assets’ are already launching you places and showing you stars in broad day light!!!
    In few years time you will all be on Mars… Quiet literally so!!Recommend

  • meinhuanjhatoo
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:32PM

    Whats the big deal even our kids in fata and other tribal region launch rockets. hand held rocket launchers and rocket plropelled grenades.Recommend

  • zainsheikh88
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:35PM

    If I had the money, I’d spend it decreasing poverty in the country… Recommend

  • water bottle
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Indians :

    Don’t forget that this is a tiny mission with tiny objectives. Yes, a great step for the future. But nothing to boast about.

    Pakistanis :

    Why don’t you start building something of your own, instead of crying like little girls. At least be proud that your country launched a missile test today. Next time, you can use this missile to destroy India’s mission to outer space.Recommend

  • BlackJack
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:36PM

    @Xnain:
    @Jat:
    Months? Even an object travelling at the speed of light would take around 450 days to reach the mars.

    Ridiculous. An object traveling at the speed of light would take around 4 – 5 min to reach Mars. Pls stop correcting others and do some elementary research yourself.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:38PM

    Some people here are saying that India should spend more on education and poverty than Science.
    Yes, Agree, India is spending huge on free medicine, free food, free education.
    We have compulsion to spend less and spent only 73M$ for such a big step.
    If one have less money then should he not eat ? or should he not eat in 5 star hotel ?
    I hope, reasoning and logic should be clear.
    Also this will generate more business for launching satellites etc at low cost. Which will help to fight poverty ! right ?Recommend

  • Farhan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Congratulations India, love from Pakistan. Keep it up!Recommend

  • Tamil Arasan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:56PM

    India spends hardly 0.3 % for space research. So while poverty reduction is very important, a parallel research and scientific development is utmost important to give the future generation a sense of meaning and hope. Such developments give the future generations particularly young minds in schools and colleges a sense of pride, confidence and inspiration for future…I am proud of ISRO Scientists….Recommend

  • lol
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:58PM

    cool… again the cheapest inter planetary mission possible on earth…aren’t we becoming pro in quality and cheap department…… cost reduction is the key… 1 st phase done….. let c after 300 days the outcome of the mission….finger crossed… come on pakistan pray for us..come onRecommend

  • Change
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:05PM

    I think it will help trying to stop rap events in Delhi. No?Recommend

  • Human
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:11PM

    Mashallah, Allah is showering India with his blessings. As islam says, the one who does good, gets good in return from the almighty Allah. Great achievement India, Congrats. Recommend

  • Manju
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @ ET Moderator: Please let this comment pass through.. There is a lot of misgiving here that many pakistanis home regarding the expenses involved in this mission… This is an attempt to educate them as to how economical the ISRO is managing this project at…

    4.5 billion rupees for a country with a population of 1.2 or so billion.
    4.5 billion rupees for a country with a children’s population of 0.4 billion = 11.25 rupees per kid under 14 years of age (4.5 / 0.4 = 11.25).
    What this means is if every kid under 14 years in India spares one chocolate bar he/she would buy in one year, he/she would have flown a Mars mission for India… And every kid in India would sacrifices 100 such chocolates to even dream about this Mission…

    A very hearty thanks to our ISRO team and our beloved past president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to have taught every kid of India to dream big with “Wings of Fire”…Recommend

  • Pak101
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Half of their population don’t have enough access to Toilet…… and they are launching missions to Mars, no doubt India is a big joker country on this Planet.Recommend

  • Surya
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:19PM

    We as South Asians should be proud of this achievement. It doesnt matter if it was India or Pakistan, but in the eyes of the west, they see a desi having achieved this. Just go to the BBC website to see the vitriol against us – quite appalling! We might have our differences in opinion, but we should stand united in joy over successes especially when it eclipses those of foreign powers!Recommend

  • Dude
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:21PM

    Welcome to Mars Pyaray Bhai log!

    No Kashmir No LoC No India No Pakistan.

    Just you, us and party !

    Gonna miss the Indo Pak matches on Mars though.Recommend

  • Bharat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Pakistanis need to grow up and stop whining. As far as space missions are concerned, I’m sorry to say Pakistan’s performance has been very poor. While there’s no comparison between India and Pakistan, being the elder brother we’d like to see the latter to do more in this regard. Don’t get satisfied by just launching missiles dear friends. You guys should encourage your space scientists, if there are any, because it’ll ultimately help your economy and help reduce poverty as it’s happening in India. Way to go ISRO!Recommend

  • News Making Headlines Today
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:30PM

    Indian Headlines News: India blasts off in race to Mars with low-cost mission
    Pakistan Headlines News: 13 dead as Karachi violence spirals out of control
    Wake Up Pakistanis from your deep slumber. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:32PM

    This is an excellent achievement for the Indian Space mission as even China and Japan failed in their mission to send a craft to Mars. The Indian mission to the Moon made significant discoveries including finding the presence of Water. A subtle message is being passed that India may be a very poor developing country, but it definitely has the human resources to challenge the best in the world with innovation and technology.

    Currently producing over 2 million Engineers and at least another two million Scientists every year, even if only 1% of this talent pool is of outstanding calibre, the numbers are so large that India could be driving most developments of the 21st century at the cutting edge of Technology in Nano Technology, Space science, Bio Technology, Alternative Energy, Propulsion systems, Nuclear Science, Material Science and Oceanography.

    Happy to inform that I saw the launch thanks to very clear weather today at 2.40 pm IST, from a distance of 10 kms. It was a spectacular sight — long spacecraft followed by an even more powerful and long, bright flame giving propulsion and thrust. Nice sight ! Recommend

  • Dennis
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:35PM

    ISRO website is alive and kicking. Jealous Paki Government seems to have blocked this website in Pakistan. India has poverty, corruption and it is trying to overcome all its issues…by sending an unmanned craft to the moon and now to Mars brings India on an international level to get space business. Pakistan can never achieve these feats because you need electricity for everything. Paki government is extremely corrupt, their people extremely ignorant, their mullahs are terrorists and their general behavior is that of “an eye for an eye”…they will never be able to compete with India.Recommend

  • water bottle
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:37PM

    @Change:

    “I think it will help trying to stop rap events in Delhi. No?”

    Why stop Rap? We want all. Rap, Jazz, Classical, Rock (well, not so much Rock), country.Recommend

  • Hello
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Why do I see so many Indian comments on a Pakistani news website? Seems weird to me. They should be busy on their own News websites.Recommend

  • Ricky
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:45PM

    @Xnain:
    lol mate..you are telling me mars is around 1.3 lightyears away from us. you are so intelligent. hahahahaha i can’t stop laughing on his stupidity and the irony is that he was trying to correct someone. In India i am pretty sure an 8th class student from some city with basic knowledge of solar system will know this mate. hahahaha you made my day.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:48PM

    India can help solve Pakistan militancy problem by declaring that its mission had found lacs of hoors residing on Mars. All jihadis will be ready to go to Mars and India can arrange for their one way trip provided Pakistan pays for the same.Recommend

  • Indian Reader
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Lol… Pakistan is shattered..! They can’t even stop american drone attack. Recommend

  • Ricky
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:51PM

    @Xnain:
    i would love to know who are the brilliant minds who liked your comment?? hahaha
    yar you are talking about endurance in space travel but i can bet, you cant even tell how much a lightyear is without googling?
    LOLRecommend

  • Gratgy
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:53PM

    Xnain can slow timeRecommend

  • Professor
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:56PM

    India is also looking for a pilot and co-pilot for a mission to the Sun.
    I wonder if Mr.Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim are willing. The pay is handsome. Recommend

  • vasan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Pak101 : Enough of this nonsense. Pak is no better . May be the percentage is a weebit less. Are u building toilets for the rest of them ie 49.999999% of your population. Read the news, Your army is testing n.korean bought rockets after repainting. Why didnt u use the money for toilet building.
    I guess pakistanis do not understand the benefits of space missions because they do not have a space mission. I guess they dont understand “Science and Technology”.
    Google for the benefits of space mission and you can learn more. Ofcourse you can have antacid tablets as well.
    ET : When u can publish nonsense, I am sure you can publish rebuttal as well.Recommend

  • JAX
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:58PM

    This makes me wish that we hadn’t separated from India. We (India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh) as one country could have been better than USA.Recommend

  • polpot
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:00PM

    @Xnain: “Months? Even an object travelling at the speed of light would take around 450 days to reach the mars”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Sir you represent the true state of advanced science in Pakistan.

    You also invented the water powered Car didnt you?
    `Recommend

  • Manju
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:00PM

    On a lighter note my friends – “I SAW A MARTIAN ON THE ET NEWS WEBSITE……….. I AM NOT JOKING!!!!!! SEE HE IS YELLING OUT ALOUD” -‘every person dead by a drone is a martyr’…. Hope he achieves this ‘Martyr’-dom soon…. For Pakistan’s sake!!Recommend

  • Pakistani bloach
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:00PM

    so now they going to find gold on mars after………..lol. You know what i mean.Recommend

  • igno
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:03PM

    @Xnain:

    Genius , whoever u are. So an object travelling with the speed of light from earth takes 450 days to reach MARS? Maybe it has got a lot of stopover in between.Recommend

  • polpot
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:06PM

    See but for Jinnah you guys would have been proud of this Mars mission
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    As Pakistan receeded into stone age I am sure India will be missed more and more.Recommend

  • Our game our rules!
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Providing toilets to their 50% deprived public would have been a better idea.Recommend

  • Anurag
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:06PM

    In India there is enough funds being circulated for development of basic infrastructure and human resources. What we lack is the proper mechanism for utilization of these funds due to corruption. So there is no point in making the problems like poverty and malnutrition a hurdle in development in this area. Rather , I hope this step would raise the sensitivities of nation towards it’s problems. Wishing ISRO a grand success in this mission.
    Proud of ISRO!
    Proud of being an Indian! Recommend

  • G. Din
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:10PM

    “Jai Ho! Jai Ho!”
    This is only the first half of the mission. Let us wait and pray for similar success for the second half, when it breaks off from Earth’s gravity to proceed to Mars!
    Those who have been debating light years and time to reach Mars etc., etc. must remember that all communications in space are at the speed of light. There would be no point in undertaking such a mission if you could not communicate with the craft, with a slight delay off course.Recommend

  • Rangacharya Kulkarni
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Why as Indians we are cribbing for $70 mn #Mangalyaan when we blew $1 bn in Diwali crackers which dont go 10 feet in the sky: U R Rao, ISRO scientist

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  • Peter Gonzalves
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:14PM

    @paki101: Gesh, you are so proud of your “MADE IN CHINA” toilets aren’t you..

    Chinese: Give us 1.6 billion you got from US and we shall make you toilets with “NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES”
    Pakistanis (tears in eyes): Indians are gonna be so jealous, really our friendship higher than…blah blah…
    Chinese (feeling bored): yeah yeah hand out the money fast, will ya?? :p

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  • antanu
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:15PM

    well done ….congrats to indian scientists and engineers.and a peice of advise to pakistanis….press your leadership to emphasise on science and technology.please dont try to demean the indian achievement through absurd comments.off course trolls from india also demean any positive development in pakistan…but receprocating in the same manner would be an act of stupidity.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Congratulations to Indians. Advancement in science and technology benefits everyone.

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  • Altamash Nadeem
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:20PM

    To all those fellow Indians who’ve replied to @Xnain.

    Dear friends, please don’t showcase your ignorance in your enthusiasm. No object can travel at the speed of light. PERIOD. At that speed matter turns into energy so there would be no ‘rocket’ left! I haven’t dreamt it up, it’s Einstein who came up with the theory.

    E = MC(squared)
    E= Energy
    M = Mass
    C = Speed of Light.

    Sadly you sound like Pakistanis who went all gaga over someone’s claim of running vehicles on water. :) Fight ignorance, not each other.

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  • pacifist
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @Suresh
    The outlay for this mission is half of what is spent every year to subsidize Hajj pilgrimage by India.

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @zainsheikh88: If I had the money, I’d spend it decreasing poverty in the country…

    From where will you get the money ? China, Saudi Arabia and United States – keep begging and wait…

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  • Surya
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    It’s really poor that there are so many negative comments here. To all the indians posting, why do we connect an ISRO space launch with domestic issues in pakistan? Let’s just give them some space to appreciate our achievement!

    I am critical of a lot of policies adopted by Pakistan but this is not the right article to comment on them. This article is a positive one that all desis from both sides of the border should be proud of.

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  • Maria
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:29PM

    @nononsense: Suparco has more immediate concerns and they have launched satellites successfully. If India wants to waste money on a useless mission , it is their perogative. The world wonders why a country where 500 million people don’t have access to toilets or are sleeping on streets should even worry about wasting money copying the Chinese or Americans in their space program. They should focus on the streets of Indian cities. How sad and pitiful.

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  • Ricky
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:33PM

    @JAX:
    thanks mate but no thanks!!
    It would have really sucked if OBL was found in some Nwest state “uttar pashchim pradesh”(current Pakistan) and the whole world would have been labeling us as a terrorist nation. so thank you so much for taking away all those problems.

    I wish both countries develope but separately :)

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  • Gurion
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:35PM

    @JAX:

    This makes me wish that we hadn’t
    separated from India. We (India,
    Pakistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh) as one
    country could have been better than
    USA.

    One drop of poison is sufficient to poison a pot of milk. An un-partitioned India would have been another Pakistan by now or even worse.

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  • naeem hussain
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:36PM

    @KAY:
    Every single country of our region is the victim of Indian state sponsored terrorism. Even own India people are the victim of Indian secret agencies terrorism. Recently your own government official stated in the your court that India itself is arranged Mumbai attacks. Have some shame will? obviously NO.

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:39PM

    @Indian Reader: Pakistan is shattered..! They can’t even stop american drone attack

    You are wrong !! Imran Khan has already stopped the drone attacks, it is just that it takes 45 years for the news to travel from Waziristan to Islamabad.

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  • Rakib
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:45PM

    @KJS:
    You are the best! The patience with which you have explained matters to @Xnain is exemplary. I wish I could learn that! An error had taken place & you have helped correct it politely. That is the most informed & civilised response I have read here so far.

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:47PM

    @Our game our rules!: Providing toilets to their 50% deprived public would have been a better idea.

    Next time, we will hire you as a consultant; you seem like someone who has spent his whole life researching toilets and the related stuff…

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  • Rohit
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Pakistanis were left fuming in their own bile and vitriol. I bet, more Pakistanis will die out of jealously, than ever done by Taliban blast or US Drones.

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  • Rahul
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Good going India.Our next missions priority should be to send humans into space.Pakistan lacks the capability nor the finance to build even a mini satellite or SLV by itself.There country is declining in every aspect.

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  • Nov 5, 2013 - 7:07PM

    They do not have money to feed their people but they want to spend billions of dollars on space mission. How ridiculous…

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  • Sam
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:13PM

    If Waar can invest 25 Crore in a film. Then why our government cant spend 400 Crore to send a rocket in the mars. Its not expensive. 41 times it was attempted and failed 35 times. Indian rocket is gonna lost in sky as well. This is just a Marketing.
    Just like an Empty glass sounds more.

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  • islooboy
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:16PM

    the only person in the history of Pakistan who gave importance to missile technology and did some serious research was Wladyslaw Turowics who diedin an unfortunate accident

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:21PM

    @Ayesha: How ridiculous…

    You want ridiculous ? How does calling a murderer of tens of thousands of Pakistanis, a martyr sounds like ? A tip for you – if you keep quiet; no one will know how ridiculous you are…

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  • JAX
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:23PM

    @Ayesha:
    Chill Baji.

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  • Asif Ali Khan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:24PM

    They are going to the Mars, we are going to stop NATO supply. I think we can’t grow up. :( :(

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  • B
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:31PM

    India supports TTP and they too have no toilets yet you call them martyrs.

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  • pakiindi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:31PM

    When are we sending our biggest missile up? Send it at a slightly faster speed and aim it towards Mars. I am sure it will reach there much before the Indian pretender. Hurry! And no need to load a nuclear toy. indians will not be there. Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • AJ
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:33PM

    @Zaid Hamid: Zaid sahib I am sure this is a conspiracy by RAW/Moussad/CIA to malign Pakistan :)

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  • Jay
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:37PM

    The only way pakistan can launch an orbitor into mars is to sleep and dream of..

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  • Iffi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Congrats India!!. Setting up right priorities always pay. Hopefully we Pakistanis will get our act together before modern cities sprung up in Mars.

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  • Jay
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:42PM

    @Maria:
    I think you peoples die with jealousy for indian achievements rather than drone strikes

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  • harkol
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:45PM

    @Ayesha:

    A matter of note: Please search for ‘global hunger index’ and see which country is ranked 22nd with hungriest of all people. It is Pakistan.

    India is doing very well on the hunger front in the past decade. It still has lot of poor, but hungry – they are not. There are various subsidy programs of govt. which has all but irradicated hunger.

    thank you.

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:54PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Congratulations to Indians. Advancement in science and technology benefits everyone.

    Thank you.

    Congratulations from all well-meaning Pakistanis accepted happily. But a little premature; as we will know about the success of the mission on or just after 24th September, 2014.

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  • Ricky
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:14PM

    @Altamash Nadeem:
    SIR, i respect your concern but he was trying to correct others without knowing or by chance missing basics. You can see he wasn’t polite at all but i stand by you on this one that all the discussion should be done in a civilized manner.

    One more thing sir according to Einsteins theory of relatively speed of light in vaccum is the upper limit for speed of any object in any frame. But attaining speed of light doesn’t mean that mass will get converted to KE(kinetic energy), neither speed of light is a prerequisite to mass-energy conversion. You can see this in nuclear reactions such as fission and fusion in which fraction of mass gets converted into energy and in that neutrons do attain a high speed but not speed of light. Another simple example is binding energy of nucleous.

    Ricky @et please publish for the sake of proper discussion.

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  • Stranger
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:27PM

    Why is it such a big deal in Pak. And who is stopping Pak from launching their own rocket / satellite. Please go ahead Pak – with our blessings.

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  • salman
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:31PM

    Why is E.T so obsessed with India. What this news is to do with Pakistan ? who cares really

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:35PM

    This is a great achievement for India. Rs. 4.5 billion is just about $75 million and it is a great achievement for India. Hat’s off to the great Indian scientists. As someone has pointed out here, it will encourage Indian students in their education and gain more scientific knowledge, the results of which will be huge.

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  • np
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:42PM

    @Xnain: “Months? Even an object travelling at the speed of light would take around 450 days to reach the mars”

    You clearly are clueless. The distance between earth and Sun is 8 light minutes and you are saying that our closest planet Mars is 450 light days? np

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:51PM

    @salman: Why is E.T so obsessed with India. What this news is to do with Pakistan ? who cares really

    Why are you commenting on a news article that you don’t care about ?

    Why are your parents so obsessed with India; they named you after one of India’s biggest movie stars ?

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  • Proletarian
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:57PM

    Congratulation India.I think this time you’ve done something really significant and hopefully this may be a turning point in our regions history.

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  • np
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:59PM

    @Altamash Nadeem: Light years is a measure of distance and represents the distance that can be travelled y an object travelling at speed of light in one years. No one is making the case that Chandrayaan can travel at speed of light But simply debunking Xnain’s claim that the distance from earth to Mars is around 1.3 light years.

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  • TUNG
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:00PM

    if its done completely by them then kudos to indians!hope we come out of cruise missiles

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  • Manju
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:04PM

    @AJ:
    Hey dude, Zahid sahab’s dream / nightmares / fantasy stories will now extend to extraterrestrials conspiring with RAW / CIA / MOSSAD to defame Pakistan…. Imagine how much more entertaining that will be… God! even cartoon network will be boring when compared to Zahid sahab’s antiques on National TVs of a certain country!! Gosh! let me grab some popcorn now itself!

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  • genesis
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:09PM

    @Shahid:
    China should permit these developments instead of making it as dependent and favour.

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  • Saad
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:23PM

    Feed your 800 Million poverty stricken people first. Living a life less than dollar a day and having no toilets in their homes. Priorities all gone wrong.

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  • Pk_Paris
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @Maria:
    @Ayesha
    Sour grapes!!!
    Let me explain to you!
    Case 1 : A man earns $100, he spends 95% on food/housing/medical and 5% on education, Learning new skills etc
    Case 2 : A man earns $10 and begs for $90 and spends all money on food/housing buying arms etc but none on education, medical health or any new skill etc.
    Now I leave it to you which case above applies to India and which to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Spock
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:37PM

    @Altamash Nadeem:
    Lol. I tell you what travels at speed of light. Its called Photon. To make things clear to you, speed of light cannot be breached.

    Again, at speed of light mass doesnt convert in to energy. If that was the case then breaking the light barrier would be possible and solve our energy crisis.

    At speed of light mass becomes infinite, it doesnt convert in to energy.

    12th grade science my friend. No wonder you guys are still trying to figure out if moon came out or not while other nations are sitting on the moon.

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  • Nov 5, 2013 - 9:47PM

    For India this is not just another milestone, it is in fact a tour de force. India is grappling so many problems such as rampant poverty, poor infrastructure and an unstable neighborhood. She has achieved so much because she has set her priorities right: the constitution is secular – at least in theory; the state does not act as a rent seeking watchman and so on and so forth.

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  • Jim
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:48PM

    Just a passing thought. How nice it would be if in some future date India and Pakistan can launch a joint space mission. No harm dreaming kufr thoughts;)

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  • Hafiz
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:52PM

    @Pakistani:
    nobody stop you to live with your unique mindset.

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  • Maverick
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:57PM

    What a senseless waste of money for a country that cant feed its own people!

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  • Islam Ka Killa
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:58PM

    Well done Indians. Great accomplishment. What I wanted to say next, I am certain my comment will not be posted. So I stop at just the congrats to Indians.

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  • gp65
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:59PM

    ETBLOGS1987

    Rakib: “An error had taken place & you have helped correct it politely. That is the most informed & civilised response I have read here so far.”

    There is no doubt that the response you pointed out was the most detailed and informed. But I differ with your attempt to characterise @Xnain’s original mail as ‘an error’ and the responses as uncivilized. @Xnain did not make an error. He rudely tried to correct @Jat and question his knowledge and it turns out all the while that it is he not @Jat who was wrong. It is his rudeness that drew the strong responses not the error.

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  • Alter Ego
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:59PM

    If past Indian technological marvels are anything to go by, it wont be long before it burns up in space!

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  • Lone Star
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:29PM

    Very proud to be an Indian origin….thou Pakistani.

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  • Indra
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:36PM

    @Zen: Can you prove that a VAST majority of Indian Muslims are Mullahs(bearded or burqa clad).Prove it first.Any place outside UP or lets say North Kerala.

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  • Last Word
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:48PM

    Dr AQ Khan who helped Pakistan in making of atomic bomb is working overtime to beat India, has made a rocket which will run on water shall be launched after one month and will reach mars atmosphere earlier than the Indian one.

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  • Praveen Sharma
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:51PM

    @Pro:
    The website may have been unavailable for a very short duration of time but i still don’t understand what does this have to do with the space program, it may have been unavailable due to high traffic during that time or anything else. What you are is sounds completely illogical and irrelevant, if you judge the prowess of an institute by its website then i am lost of words. Think before you say or write anything.

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  • Pankaj
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:56PM

    @Hello:
    We are here to see: What Pakistani’s are feeling about the news ? Are they feeling enough jealousy or not :)

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  • Breaking Bad
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Toilet has been mentioned so many times now I am curious what percentage of pakistani have access to toilet and clean water??

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  • Sridhar
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:13PM

    Someone asked: what is the big deal?
    In future, as resources become scarce on earth, nations who can send missons into deep space may find a way of tapping minearls from there. Mars, moon etc may have rare minerals. Did not this article state that there is a $ 304 billion space market to capture? So, it is not all about prestige.

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  • maqdoom khan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:17PM

    wow we hv done tremendeous job, we will successfull insha allah
    jai hind

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  • Sridhar
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:20PM

    It is things like this launch which show India is in a different league than say Ghana, Ivory coast or even Pakistan.
    Yes, there is poverty, much of which will remain for a long time though numbers keep dropping. That India is keeping up with the best in technology demonstration is heartening. In future, those with technology will have a clear advantage over those that don’t. The days of colonization are over. This is the century of technological progress.

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:21PM

    Meanwhile… Pakistan debates whether Hakimullah Mehsud is a martyr or not. We should stop comparing ourselves to India if we can’t agree on matters of national security and integrity. We are on the path of nations like Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, and Iraq if we isolate ourselves from the rest of the world by falling prey to nationalistic but empty jingoism, sectarian strife, and tribalism. If we insist on letting the obscurantist and confused leaders like the Maulana, the Khan, and the JI luminaries shape our national narrative, very soon we’ll be racing to the bottom with the failed states of the world.

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  • gp65
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:35PM

    ETBLOGS1987

    To all Pakistanis concerned about the lack of toilets in India and prevalent hunger:

    Speaking of hunger, education and health – both India and Pakistan have problems. India invests a much greater percentage of its GDP in its social infrastructure compared to Pakistan and a lower percentage of its GDP in defense.

    If you think Pakistan does not have a problem with toilets – you are wrong. You are just more familiar with India’s problems because India acknowledges the problem and works to address them which results in a lot of articles in Indian media on the issue. http://tribune.com.pk/story/424180/toilet-facilities–a-luxury-for-most-pakistanis/

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:35PM

    Why spend money on wasteful projects while the same money could have been spent on poverty stricken segment of the Indian society. India started the nuclear program in the 70s and pushed Pakistan into developing her nuclear program. I don’t hear Chinese opting for sending probes to Mars, they are busy raising the standard of living of their own people. India does things like this to make feel good, the fact is that it is still considered one of the most poverty stricken country, there is rampant poverty, lack of education, lack of infra-structure, lack of health facilities, lack of sanitation, lack of clean drinking water, highest on abortion chart, rampant rapes of women and low living standards because of their producing babies like no other country does, they have no idea what family planing means. I say go ahead and waste your money just to feel good. These are the facts and you guys in India know it very well, just look around you and you will understand what I am talking about. If Pakistanis opt for some stupid thing like this , I will say the same thing about them too and don’t think they can’t do it, their nuclear program should be an eye opener for those who will be posting nasty remarks now about me.

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  • Abid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:41PM

    How do these Indians accomplish all this in spite of not having the right religion and stuff?

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  • Pir Monafiq Shah
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:45PM

    Pakistan has its own Mars. It is called Waziristan. You can plan for years to reach there.

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  • Zen
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:51PM

    @Indra:
    If you have the command to understand English, please read my comment before asking me your question.

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  • Jat
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:00AM

    @Abid: Good one ! :)

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  • Sonny
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:02AM

    For all the those commenting here this mission is India and India’s alone.No one should get jealous or pleased by it. As far as India is concerned we must remember that the reason why US is respected today is because its advanced technology so if India is following a path of progress there is nothing wrong with it. I find one Pakistani’s comment very fair that hopefully India will divert more funds to such missions than military. But same is true for Pakistan. There is a lot of poverty on both sides of LoC and yet both countries spend more on military than on reducing poverty. We were brothers once so why are we fighting.

    We are fighting over something which could have been resolved long time back through talks if it was not for our arrogant and corrupt politicians. Terrorism is costing both nations in different ways and it will be stupid to blame each other. I met a lot of Pakistanis in London and they are quite sensible when taking about India-Pakistan issues. What good will come out of war- we have fought 3 and yet nothing resolved. We need strong decision makers on both sides who have the guts and will to ignore emotions and resolve matters as mature people. I hope peace returns to these two glorious nations in our lifetime.

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  • Nitin Jadhav
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:03AM

    @Kamal:
    To put this in perspective, India’s GDP (nominal) in 2013 is 1.4 trillion. The cost of this space mission is $74 million only.

    In terms of %, this works out to be 0.000052% of GDP. That’s how tiny this amount is.

    And if you stack it up to national pride, encouragement of the sciences, there is no dollar value that will account for something so priceless.

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  • Nov 6, 2013 - 12:04AM

    Congratulations to India and the Indian people for striving forwards and into space. Well done!

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  • Prashant Kohale
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:
    Hi dear “Ignorance is bliss” is true in your case. India is not wasting her money but investing it in one of the fastest growing Industry that is Space and Technology. India have earned a lot by sending satellites of other country in orbit. Use google to find this information.
    and please read book and newspaper to find that China had tried to send probes on mars but failed in 2011.
    Indian government carefully investing its money in all field, Including social infrastructure, defense and technology, You don’t need to be economist to understand that why sendig this mission is important not only for India but for all world. Go and study India’s budget to find about it’s spending in different areas. go and do some study before posting comment.

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  • FAZ
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:12AM

    For all the Indians comparing this with Pakistan..
    FYI we never have been actually ahead of India in any thing really. It has never been justified to compare yourselves to us really. Apart from the fact that we could have been in a far better position have we had better and sincere leadership and clearly defined policies. But the fact that many of you do feel the need to compare yourselves with us and even make fun of our problems like terrorism and worldly loneliness gives me a strange sense of pride that we still are a big headache (the word i would like to use is sensored by ET) for you! Grow up india and look at your neighbour china please…

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  • Jat
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:13AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks: I don’t hear Chinese opting for sending probes to Mars

    Just because you don’t hear, or in this case didn’t hear, does not mean there was no sound. It just means that you are deaf, and maybe a little blind.

    Read about Yinghuo-1

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  • Prasad Babu
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:15AM

    Many of you here are making a case for India stop spending money on space programs and instead use that money on its poor. I will assume they really mean well for Indian poor.

    Having said that, scientific advancement and poverty reduction are not zero sum game. As the article states, India can now go after the lucrative space business and make much more than what they have spent launching these missions. The success of space program might encourage more people to take up scientific careers.

    Besides, you just can’t argue that if there was no space program, the millions of dollars saved will be automatically invested in poverty reductions schemes. Poor management skills, corruption, lack of vision and uneducated/uninformed masses are the real reason behind poverty.

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  • Indi.pendent
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:15AM

    Wish the mars mission is not marred by technical glitches, which happened earlier in some other ventures. India did sent a mission to moon in year 2009, which failed . The failed moon mission, Chandrayaan I, is a good example of where India went wrong. The $82 million mission was assigned the task of mapping moon’s surface so that Indian scientists could prepare for sending a manned mission to the moon by 2013.
    The craft lasted in space less than a year before Indian scientists lost all contact. Mission aborted and expensive equipment lost. To understand that vanity was a large undeclared part of this space mission, just see the reactions of Indian officials after the embarrassing news. Al news about its failure was blocked and media was asked to remain shut.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=indias-first-moon-mission-ends-prem-2009-08-31

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  • Saleem
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:16AM

    @Naeem Khan
    take it easy brother. Who said Indians are not working on other development activities. Your comments sound very small minded. We should congratulate them or stay quiet.

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  • Indi.pendent
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:48AM

    @gp65:
    Pakistan spends a modest 2.7% of it’s GDP on defense, which compares favorably with India’s 2.5 percent. When one translates it into actual amount the difference turns out to be huge, due to India’s higher GDP.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofcountriesbymilitary_expenditures

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  • Jim
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:51AM

    What a fascinating discussion, with responses from both graceful and graceless people…many graceful Pakistanis congratulating India, many graceful Indians accepting it and wishing Pakistan would join this race too to better humankind. Many graceless Pakistanis burning with envy, and many graceless Indians gloating about their achievement. Btw, if you watch the movie Gravity, or for that matter any photo from space, you cannot see any border between India and Pakistan. It is one continuous landmass.

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  • Nov 6, 2013 - 1:27AM

    @pakistan: like the fox concluded – these grapes are really sour.

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  • polpot
    Nov 6, 2013 - 1:52AM

    India launches mission to Mars
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistan trying to connect Lahore to Islamabad by train.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 6, 2013 - 2:33AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:
    You say that you have not heard of China having a Mars program. You are so ill informed.
    This is what BBC says:

    The USSR, Russia, US, Britain, Europe, Japan and China have all launched missions to Mars
    There have been around 40 missions (but the total depends on how they are added up)
    More than half the world’s attempts to reach the Red Planet have failed
    Only the US, USSR and Europe have been successful to date

    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24729073

    India is trying to get a share of the $340 billion market and it makes lot of sense to invest $72 million. Yes $72 million, a very small amount is what this Mars program has cost India.

    Earlier Mars missions of China and Japan failed. China’s probe could not leave the earth orbit.

    Missions like these are for gaining scientific knowledge and provide huge encouragement to students and scientists. Missions like these are not for those who believe that all knowledge is in one book. It is not for those who cannot think beyond toilet and keep spreading Polio.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 6, 2013 - 2:57AM

    To all Pakistanis concerned about the lack of toilets in India and prevalent hunger:
    Very few people understand new economy. When computers came some parents thought it is only to play video game. Same video game technology led to drone. Mission to mars is not only to develop new technology but also to advertise to rest of the world that if we can successfully send orbiter to Mars than for sure we have the technology and track record to send your satellite in the orbit too. This kind of advertisement builds trust and confidence in the mind of new customers. Microwave, laser and various software came out of work done in NASA for space mission. In future India can earn more than ten times from doing business in satellite launching rather than begging.

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  • NotSoCommon
    Nov 6, 2013 - 2:58AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks

    Chinese failed in their mission to Mars. Please do a bit more research before making a claim. And as for Pakistan, India did not push it to do anything. You wanted to compete with India and developed and tested your nuclear missile, cos of the so called threat from India.
    All the lacks you are talking about are present in your country and in China as well. The question is what is the respective country doing about it. India develops its indigenous space program to improve technological expertise and working on upliftment of its people. It is slow no doubt but it slowly inching towards success. What is Pakistan doing about all the problems it faces? And “waste” as you say about all the money, let time decide whether it was an investment or wastage.

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  • Sonny's brother
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:02AM

    @Sonny:
    The story behind Pakistan is not about Kashmir with India. It is within. It has all to do with power. Establishment has brainwashed its populace with Kashmir that they will always be in power. Remove this equation and they will loose power.

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  • Np
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:02AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:
    John F Kennedy was asked a similar question when he announced the lunar mission. Google his response. It is instructive.

    Also you are clearly not thinking of scale. This program had a onetime cost of 450 crore or $750 million. This – in a country with GDP of close to 2 trillion. Yes India needs to focus on removing poverty but it is not as though if this project had been nixed, suddenly all poor would become rich. Someone else has pointed out and I will restate, India spends 900 crores on Hajj subsidy each year. Do you think that too should be removed. Gil India has no poor people whatsoever?

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  • Anonymous
    Nov 6, 2013 - 4:06AM

    @JAX, most sensible comment in my opinion.
    …Indian.

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  • Arindom
    Nov 6, 2013 - 4:35AM

    And Pakistanis are still squabbling over sighting of the moon!! LoL!

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Nov 6, 2013 - 6:06AM

    @Raj – USA:
    China did try but it was Russians who failed them and after that they did not try and may not try for a while. I mean well for India or even Pakistan to spend the money on alleviating poverty etc. It is all feel good thing, and who wants to be spending money by asking India to launch their probes to mars. Let the Americans and the Russian waste their money as they could afford to do it. If you look at the recent American’s budget, you will see that outlays for NASA has been curtailed substantially. I stand corrected for Chines try and failure and do say that it is a great acheivent for Indians.

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  • Gurion
    Nov 6, 2013 - 8:54AM

    @salman:

    Why is E.T so obsessed with India.
    What this news is to do with Pakistan
    ? who cares really

    A mission to Mars automatically qualifies as global news. You should come out of your cave more often.

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  • Nov 6, 2013 - 9:08AM

    @KAY:
    Pak is a mars in one sense because every american rocket falling in pakRecommend

  • Commenter
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:26AM

    Indians spend more than 50 Billion rupees on firecrackers on a single day (Diwali) and. 4.5 billion rupees on a space mission is like peanuts for a country of India’s size. To all those who are criticizing India’s Mars mission, did US tackle all its social-economic problems before landing on Moon in 1959?! Did Pakistan wipe off its poverty and other socioeconomic issues before building commercial malls, theaters and cricket stadiums? No, all economic growth, dealing with issues like poverty and scientific research and exploration is all done in parallel otherwise a country faces the risk to be left behind in a certain field.

    BTW talking from a cultural perspective, Indians are specially keen on astronomy and cosmology. Our days are named after planets, Hindu scriptures have thousands of astronomical references which have been verified over the time using modern science. We are very curious when it comes to space exploration. Its not a race of any kind with China, US etc. The sole motive of this is to satisfy our own curiosity.

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  • Gp65
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:33AM

    @Indi.pendent:
    First of all please tell me how 2.7% compares favorably with India which spends 2.5%? Remember , we describe lower percentage as better as this allows more o be invested for development.

    Anyway the 2.7% is not a true number and hides more than it shows. A simple hole search will show you that the amount spent by Pakistan is between 3.5 and 4% of GDP.Recommend

  • Anand Misra
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:56AM

    For the kind inform to all those are crying about poverty in India, especislly my Pakistani brothers, the total budget of ISRO is only 0.34% of the national budget of India. This may a big amount for Pakistani economy but a small and good long term investment for India.

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  • Virkaul
    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:10AM

    @Xnain: Oh! Did ISRO scientists miss that? Hope their calculation have taken your tips of speed of light.
    Everyone knows the main challenge would come after 25 days when the spacecraft leaves earth’s orbit for 300 day journey to Mars. But in a sequential set of activities first thing comes first. The launch must be successful first followed by placing the vehicle in geo stationery orbit and then the second push.
    We will keep our fingers crossed for early December effort.

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  • kaypee
    Nov 6, 2013 - 11:24AM

    Please India, do not make Pakistan your neighbor on Mars, otherwise same situation have to suffer !!!!

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  • Tobe
    Nov 6, 2013 - 11:56AM

    @Jat:

    Why to worry it’s made in Russia mission.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 6, 2013 - 1:46PM

    @Tobe: You are absolutely correct that is why NASA (an agency of USSR) is helping in tracking, communication and sharing data.

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  • G.M
    Nov 6, 2013 - 2:51PM

    I congratulate India. It is realy a big achievement. I know, how hard it is for any national space agency to launch this kind of mission especially from South Asia.

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  • G.M
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:09PM

    @Anshuman Tripathy: Congrats My Dear. Well done.

    Regards
    G.M Leghari

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  • Bala krishnan (Self)
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:18PM

    @greg:
    Nasr with 60km ?
    Mars 780million km

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  • Bala krishnan (Self)
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Every day american drones are sending a pakistani to mars.
    So what is the big deal in indian un manned mars mission ?

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  • Ajay
    Nov 6, 2013 - 8:08PM

    @Kamal:
    But where are the words of encouragement?
    Progress starts in small measures and it all comes together and the combined success and its impact on society sometimes goes beyond what was visualized. Today everybody wants to go to US because it is a land that provides opportunity, security, freedom. Why there is opportunity there? Because of technological discoveries and high quality education that begets more new investment which increases employment and brings more people above the poverty line & creates even more opportunities for others. The increased wealth allows government to provide more services. Development of any kind- societal or technological gives you status & brings hope which in turn brings influence in the international comity that attracts even more collaboration & investment from outsiders and thus even more prosperity.

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  • Ajay
    Nov 6, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @polpot:
    Gen Kayani and his generals will soon announce next acquisition of a C41 Cargo plane or Thunder/F16 aircraft. They will go with much fanfare to receive it and it will make headline news in Pakistani newspapers.

    Other big news generally seen in Pakistan papers is Gen Kayani being visited by international dignitaries and him meeting Pakistani PM on all national policy making decision meetings. Nation cannot do without the COAS. He contributes so much to Pakistan.

    Nation is very hopeful of COAS of using his superior Army power to clean FATA, Waziristan and Swat of all terrorists because he recently admitted after 12-14 years that Taliban are Pakistan’s biggest enemies. Civilians should have checked with COAS before starting peace talks with the Taliban.

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  • Naresh
    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:45PM

    Let us wait for the Mars Orbiter vehicle to arrive at its destination before we start commenting on India’s Achievement.
    .
    Cheers

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  • sterry
    Nov 7, 2013 - 1:55AM

    @polpot: If India or Burma sends a mission to Mars, why should we question our nation. It has nothing to do with us and we still thank Jinnah for Pakistan because we don’t see India as our nation but a British colonial creation! As for whether it’s a good idea to have a useless mission to Mars when Indians arestarving and aid agencies have to help India, I”ll leave it for you to decide.

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  • someone
    Nov 7, 2013 - 7:00AM

    @sterry:
    Well just because Pakistanis have limited understanding about the importance of space missions or they are incapable of launching of their own or piggyback on someone else, does not mean space missions are waste of money. It is a quest and human civilization always have been inquisitive about surroundings. India has means and talent to work on both front simultaneously, towards social fronts and scientific fronts. Going by your logic Pakistan should have been investing in dams rather in nuclear assets but tell me honestly how many Pakistani think their dams as superior assets than their nuclear assets?

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  • Rakib
    Nov 7, 2013 - 11:16AM

    @sterry:
    The mission is under (ISRO) Indian Space Research Organisation. ISRO owns a Company called Antarix Corporation. It is involved in Marketing. Of technology transfers, space products, technical services etc. It can help another country, university, broadcaster, research institutions to carry their satellites to space by selling place on ISRO rockets-at a price. Quite a few customers have used that service. Profits-after accounting for expenses, are modest (about 2 Billion rupees annually) but it’s a start. In India it is called a “Navratna” (profit making) company of government. With each additional successful endeavour in space ISRO gains more credibility & Antarix Corpn becomes more confident to market its products & will be able to defray the cost of most of ISRO’s future space programme.

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  • mind control
    Nov 7, 2013 - 4:35PM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:

    I don’t hear Chinese opting for sending probes to Mars,

    Please get your ears checked, it seems you are getting hard of hearing. Once your hearing improves, you will notice,

    A. China is the 3rd Country in the World to put humans in space orbit.

    B. They are constructing a Space Station- 3rd Again.

    C. Sending a manned mission to the Moon.

    D. Launching Mars and beyond space probes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinesespaceprogram

    Happy Hearing Again.

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  • Jat
    Nov 7, 2013 - 5:56PM

    According to Emily Lakdawalla’s blog, the first apogee-raising burn was successfully completed just recently, some 34 hours after the launch.

    The second and third apogee-raising operations would be made on Friday and on Saturday to raise the mission apogee to 40,000 km and 71,650 km respectively. The fourth and fifth operations would be performed to raise the apogee of 1,00,000 km and 1,92,000 km on November 11 and 16 respectively.Recommend

  • cosmo
    Nov 7, 2013 - 6:37PM

    @Manju:
    I am a proud Indian and am really happy that we have launched our Mars mission, but that being said your “chocolate” analogy is quite misplaced. A chocolate bar is far reach of most of the Indian kids, when they cant even afford a basic meal a day.Recommend

  • Mohammed A. Nayeem
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:28AM

    @Pankaj:
    Well said Pankaj.

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  • Mohammed A. Nayeem
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:32AM

    @Hameed:
    I appreciate your comment about our achievements. Thanks.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:21PM

    Update: according to ISRO website, “the second orbit raising maneuver of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, starting at 02:18:51 hrs (IST) on Nov 08, 2013, with a burn time of 570.6 seconds has been successfully completed.The observed change in Apogee is from 28814 km to 40186 km.”

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  • Jat
    Nov 9, 2013 - 10:58AM

    Update: according to ISRO, ‘the third orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, starting at 02:10:43 hrs (IST) on Nov 09, 2013, with a burn time of 707 seconds has been successfully completed. The observed change in Apogee is from 40186 km to 71636 km.’

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  • andre
    Nov 17, 2013 - 8:01AM

    by sending a mission to mars for 73 million India can easily take over the competition and gain the 300 billion dollar space industry. Now many countries that couldnt afford to send satellites to space can benefit from india( if it costs 73 million for mars it would be less than half to send satellites to earths orbit.)

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  • Indian
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:24PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    ya its big deal for India, with success of this mission it is expected that India will be having a business of 300billion dollars. which can change the country economy.
    investment on education and technology will never go waste.

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  • chaithanya
    Nov 22, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Abu Noor:
    I hope one day India and Pakistan joins hands to excel.

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  • Peer
    Dec 1, 2013 - 12:20PM

    Who says India is poor country. If all the money from swiss bank comes back every Indian is a millionear. Polititons represented this subcontinent as poorest part to the world weather Indian or Pakistan and US takes advantage of this.

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  • abhishek
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:46PM

    @Xnain:
    fooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllll to reach mars light will take only 12 mins…go and read physics rule & maths also………………….
    biggggggggg follllllllllRecommend

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