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NEW DELHI: While congratulating Nasa scientists for the profitable touchdown of their ‘Perseverance’ rover on Mars, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairman Ok Sivan on Friday mentioned that “India’s next Mars mission will also be an orbital one and not a landing mission”.
Talking to


, the Isro chairman mentioned, “It’s a really tough to land on the Martian surface. But Nasa scientists did it. It’s a very good effort. I congratulate the entire team.” On the function of Indian-Americans like Swati Mohan, a Nasa scientist who led the steering, navigation and management operations of the Perseverance rover mission, Sivan mentioned, “I’m additionally very completely satisfied to see Indian-American folks doing a improbable job in house missions overseas. I want all of them an awesome success.” Swati Mohan, who emigrated from India to the US when she was solely a 12 months outdated, confirmed the Perseverance landing. Her staff’s job was to determine how the spacecraft was oriented and ensure it was pointed accurately in house — “solar arrays to the sun, antenna to Earth and manoeuvre the spacecraft to get it where we want to go”.
Sivan knowledgeable


that India’s second Mars mission “can even be an orbital mission and a name for proposals by way of an announcement of alternative had already been made” to hunt proposals for scientific experiments from academia and establishments. The payload functionality of the proposed spacecraft is prone to be 100 kg and 100W. However ultimate values are to be tuned based mostly on the ultimate configuration. He mentioned “after the MOM-2 mission, Isro will then plan the touchdown mission on Mars but it surely’s too early to speak about it proper now. Currently, our essential priorities are Chandrayaan-Three and Gaganyaan missions”.
Isro’s first Mars mission MOM-1 had efficiently entered the Mars orbit on September 24, 2014, making India the primary Asian nation to succeed in the Martian orbit and the primary nation on the planet to take action in its maiden try. The Mars orbiter had since then despatched hundreds of images of the Red planet totalling over two terabytes, giving precious knowledge in regards to the Red planet.
Other international locations are additionally within the race to succeed in out to Mars. China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft, consisting of an orbiter, lander and rover, now orbiting Mars is slated to carry out systematic checks of onboard tools after adjusting its orbit in preparations for the nation’s first Martian touchdown try later this 12 months. For not less than 92 Martian days (or 95 Earth days), the Chinese rover will conduct high-resolution on-the-spot surveys of the Red planet.


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