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Here's How India Made Such A Cheap Space Probe And Left Everyone Else In The Dust

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India launched a probe that settled into orbit around Mars at 8 in morning of Sept. 24, India Standard Time, making them the first Asian country to successfully reach the red planet.

What's even more impressive is that they achieved this feat for $74 million — it cost Hollywood producers $100 million to make the film Gravity.

Here's how they did it:

  • The Indian Space Research Organization built the Mangalyaan satellite in-house with local technologies instead of outsourcing production or purchasing more expensive foreign components.
  • They kept things light. Mangalyaan weighs about 1,100 pounds, which is much lighter than the 1,784-pound MAVEN NASA satellite, which arrived at Mars a few days earlier.
  • ISRO built only one physical model of the spacecraft, keeping costs down.

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You know, Elon Musk could learn a thing or two from them.

No landing gear.  :)

You know, they could learn a thing or two from Elon Musk.

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