‘Mangalyaan data set to yield interesting results’

The Mangalyaan mission seems pretty close to fructification, just a year after NASA confirmed that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) had found water on Mars.

Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad | Published:October 5, 2016 1:39 am
 ISRO, Mangalyaan, Mars Orbiter Mission, ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission, ISRO Mangalyaan, Mangalyaan update, Mangalyaan discovery, india news, science news The results of the Mangalyaan mission is being reviewed by a team headed by Professor Somak Raychaudhury, director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. Once the review is completed, ISRO will go public with the findings.

Having spent two years scanning the atmosphere of the red planet, ISRO’s Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission seems to be on the cusp of a major discovery. Senior officials at the Space Applications Centre (SAC), where a sizeable quantum of data from the Mars Orbiter is being analysed, have pointed to “interesting results” being generated from the mission.

“We expect some interesting results from the sensors (aboard Mangalyaan). These results are currently under review. We have formed a national committee to look into the data,” said Tapan Misra, director of SAC, an important arm of ISRO that has developed three of the five payloads for the Mangalyaan mission. This includes Methane Sensor for Mars, Mars Colour Camera and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer.

“A six-member team is currently conducting the review of this sensitive data,” he said, while talking on the sidelines of a “World Space Week 2016” event held at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition (VSSE) Centre on Tuesday. The results of the Mangalyaan mission is being reviewed by a team headed by Professor Somak Raychaudhury, director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. Once the review is completed, ISRO will go public with the findings.

The Mangalyaan mission seems pretty close to fructification, just a year after NASA confirmed that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) had found water on Mars. An imaging spectrometer on MRO had helped arrive at this conclusion. Misra said that ISRO had received about three gigabytes of raw data from the Mangalyaan mission that entered the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014. “The effective information found in this raw data is little,” Misra added. Officials said that SAC is largely analysing data from the methane sensor which is one of the five payloads aboard Mangalyaan.

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    beachjustice
    Oct 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm
    Well if they find something interesting that's great, but even if the mission is officially a failure that certainly doesn't mean it's fruitless.lt;br/gt;For one, it was PR for India.lt;br/gt;Secondly, it emplo the skills top-line Indian engineers and physicists, keeping that talent within India.lt;br/gt;It gave something for modern Indian children to aspire to for a knowledge and intelligence based economy.lt;br/gt;Other countries outsource design of satellite tech and launching to India, so developing and advertising our technology and systems serves an immediate macroeconomic interest as is.lt;br/gt;Not to mention as a large developing country in modern Asia, India's independence depends highly on its satellite constellations for climatology, military, communications, GPS.lt;br/gt;In the future, the technology and systems developed today by India may still come in use as well, even if we don't know yet precisely how.lt;br/gt;As such a large country, India benefits most from a diversified economy. Doing what is in greatest macroeconomic interest dictates that a share of the budget should go toward such missions.
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      prem singh
      Oct 5, 2016 at 6:29 am
      If bulk of the raw data collected by the Mangalyaan is not effective than the mission is a failure on technical terms, Mr Mishra comment suggest that it was for a fun only?
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        desi
        Oct 5, 2016 at 12:20 am
        “The effective information found in this raw data is little,” Misra added.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;More data with lesser information is needed. In fact data without any information must be gathered by Tapan Misra Saheb.lt;br/gt; Tapan Misra, director of SAC, an important arm of ISRO that has developed three of the five payloads for the Mangalyaan missionlt;br/gt;maybe he can develop some more payloads more useless next time
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