India proves that space exploration can be a low-budget affair

North West Georgia News

The sum of $74 million doesn’t go as far as it used to: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned that amount in just the past two years.

A Los Angeles home once owned by Walt Disney recently sold for $74 million.

In India, however, $74 million is all that’s needed to send a satellite into orbit around Mars.

Determined to explore the red planet ahead of rival China — and to demonstrate its technical prowess — the world’s second-most populous country last month succeeded in delivering its Mars orbiter to the intended destination 420 million miles away.

For $74 million. NASA expects to spend nine times more on its latest (and much more complex) Mars program.

India kept the costs of its space shot low by adapting cheap, indigenous technology, limiting the payload to a modest 33 pounds and using the Earth’s gravity to slingshot its craft out of orbit instead of powering through with a larger, more expensive rocket……[Read

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