The Indian Mars Orbiter will use a design similar to the Chandrayaan-01 Indian lunar orbiter pictured
here. No Mars Orbiter hardware images have been released by India. Credit: ISRO.


NASA’s MAVEN Martian orbiter set for launch in November will fly in a highly elliptical orbit to sample
both extremely high and low atmospheric conditions. Credit: NASA/University of Colorado.

CuriousMars: 2013 to Debut U. S. and Indian Mars Atmospheric Orbiters while Challenging China In Asian Space Race

By Craig Covault and A.J.S. Rayl
Posted January 4, 2013 3:06 PM

Mars will be thrust into international politics during 2013 as India builds toward the planned November launch of its first Mars mission, an orbiter to study the Martian atmosphere and challenge China in a surging Asian space race.

The 2013 Indian mission will also be part of a major new international initiative to study the Martian atmosphere to determine what led to the planet’s loss of surface water while also pinpointing locations giving off methane gas, a possible indication of subsurface Martian life.

Read more: CuriousMars: 2013 to Debut U. S. and Indian Mars Atmospheric Orbiters while Challenging China In Asian Space Race – SpaceRef.

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