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After Successful Launch, India's Mars Orbiter Is On Its Way

timothy posted about a year ago | from the david-bowie-on-high-alert dept.

Mars 166

neo12 writes "India has successfully launched a spacecraft to the Red Planet — with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach Mars." As our previous mention of the launch notes, getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul: if all goes well, it will be about 10 months until Mangalyaan reaches orbit.

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fffrrrssst pst (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336537)

fffrrrssst pst

0.37% of India's total budget (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336553)

That is the cost of India's entire space program. The Mars mission is obviously a much smaller percentage of that. So, to the inevitable critics about how poor India should not be investing on a space program, 0.37% of the total budget will not solve poverty problems. Rather, it benefits India more than being a drag on the economy.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336585)

Please describe these benefits.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (5, Insightful)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year ago | (#45336611)

PR stunt that leads to being paid to launch commercial satellites at cheaper rates than the US/EU/Russian alternatives. As their market share grows, the profit increases, and that can be invested in the country itself, either directly or via tax on employees' wages.

That's one possibility anyway.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336839)

So it "benefits" the tiny amount of people that were already working in that field? Got it.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year ago | (#45337413)

Conveniently forgetting taxes that could be invested in critical infrastructure and social programs are you?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1, Flamebait)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#45337609)

You forget that according to the Libertardians there are no benefits ever from taxes, except for the military.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45337763)

You forget that according to the Libertardians there are no benefits ever from taxes, except for the military.

That's not fair. Someone has to be around to enforce contract law and property rights too.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337719)

Absolutely not... with 1 Billion people and one of the highest rates of population growth, they need greater area more than better infrastructure. Mars is perfect.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45338199)

Mars is perfect for what? It's an unimaginably distant dead rock with nothing on it. Antarctica is a billion times more hospitable.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (-1, Troll)

cayenne8 (626475) | about a year ago | (#45337421)

So it "benefits" the tiny amount of people that were already working in that field? Got it.

Well, if they set up the first Kwik-E-Mart [wikipedia.org] in space, when we get the rest of us to Mars, our astronauts will have somewhere to stop off to get water and snacks on their way to the surface.

Sounds beneficial...AND entrepreneurial if you ask me.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (2)

0123456 (636235) | about a year ago | (#45336971)

PR stunt that leads to being paid to launch commercial satellites at cheaper rates than the US/EU/Russian alternatives.

[citation needed]

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (2)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#45337319)

How does one cite a hypothetical?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (2)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year ago | (#45337433)

Hypothetically :-)

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#45336641)

It puts India on the list of space-capable countries instead of a tech support jobs stealing country?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45336715)

It puts India on the list of space-capable countries instead of a tech support jobs stealing country?

India isn't stealing anything. It's your corporate overlords who are moving the jobs away to be done more cheaply.

Don't blame India for that.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336737)

yes that is entirely true, you could blame india for the horrendus poverty levels that enable an american corporation to pay slave like wages to india and be considered a salvation.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45336837)

you could blame india for the horrendus poverty levels that enable an american corporation to pay slave like wages to india and be considered a salvation

I certainly can't blame then for wanting to fix it. And since America also has horrendous poverty levels in some places ... I wouldn't recommend falling off that moral high ground.

But I can blame corporations for what they do -- if an American corporation wants to cut American jobs so they can be done cheaply elsewhere, why would Americans keep buying from them? Loyalty? Pride? Stupidity?

Americans are fond of talking about 'the market' -- this is just that. For better or worse, this is the globalization everyone has been crowing about for years, and is pretty much exactly what we've been told to expect.

Someone is willing to do it cheaper than you are -- and the race to the bottom continues.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (5, Insightful)

petes_PoV (912422) | about a year ago | (#45337119)

if an American corporation wants to cut American jobs so they can be done cheaply elsewhere, why would Americans keep buying from them? Loyalty? Pride? Stupidity?

No, none of the above (although that doesn't preclude people from having those qualities). Americans buy from companies that offshore (american) jobs because those companies have lower prices as a result.

You must realise that patriotism comes in a very poor second when the alternative is 5 cents off.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Insightful)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about a year ago | (#45337199)

First of all, American poverty doesn't compare to Indian poverty. Anyone would give an important body part to be upgraded from Indian poverty to American Poverty.

Second of All, consumers usually act in their own immediate self interest when making a purchasing decision. Where a product was made does not usually factor into that.

Beleive it or not, its not a zero sum game. There are winners and losers, and the profits of the winners seem to be rather concentrated.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year ago | (#45337489)

India->China->Africa

I'd learn French if I were you. And learn to like sunscreen.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45337585)

I'd learn French if I were you. And learn to like sunscreen.

I already know French. And sunscreen helps keep my pasty-white complexion. ;-)

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#45337655)

What does learning French have to do with India or Africa?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337885)

Most of western Africa used to be a french colony, and French is still widely spoken in those countries.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#45338175)

France was a major colonial power in Africa, and much of western Africa still speaks it as an official language.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337971)

Just remember: "The race to the bottom starts at the top." Or in the words of Ronald Reagan, who quoted a Chinese proverb, "The fish rots from the head."

Mitt Romney would tell you its true if he wasn't following Joseph Smith to another planet. Apparently he doesn't need an Indian launch platform or a Sino-Soviet engine to get him there, either.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (3, Insightful)

gsslay (807818) | about a year ago | (#45336923)

So you're blaming India for being poorer than America, with lower wages, lower standard of living and lower costs of living? Interesting spin on things. Damn you, poor person. Just quit being poor already! Why can't you demand a bigger wage, with bigger houses, cars and TVs, like the rest of us?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337249)

in the end the meek have no one to blame but god... or themselves for taking it up the butt

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

khallow (566160) | about a year ago | (#45337269)

They seem to spend too much time with "jobs" rather than demanding bigger wages. Let's take those away so that those Indians have more time to spend laser-focused on our real problems.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#45337345)

Why can't you demand a bigger wage, with bigger houses, cars and TVs, like the rest of us?

A good first step would probably be demanding basic sanitation.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about a year ago | (#45337017)

That's true; immigration fraud [slashdot.org] is not the same thing as stealing.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337207)

That's true; immigration fraud is not the same thing as stealing.

Right. Greedy douchebag corporation skirts around rules to act like greedy douchebag corporation ... following the template well established by greedy douchebag American corporations. Film at 11.

Sorry, but America perfected this particular kind of capitalism. That they're now victim to is is neither surprising, nor sympathy inducing.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year ago | (#45337115)

It puts India on the list of space-capable countries instead of a tech support jobs stealing country?

India isn't stealing anything. It's your corporate overlords who are moving the jobs away to be done more cheaply.

The "corporate overlords" are not stealing jobs either. Claiming that they are is just a variation of the Lump of Labor Fallacy [wikipedia.org] . Economies are not zero sum. Economies expand in response to the resources available, even if those resources are overseas. So most of these jobs are new, not replacements. These overseas employees, or the firms that employ them, are paid in US dollars. Since India is running a current account deficit, these dollars flow back to America in exchange for goods and services that generate jobs for Americans, which, because of comparative advantage [wikipedia.org] , will almost certainly be better paid and more numerous than any lost IT jobs.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337305)

You do not steal what has been handed to you freely.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (3, Insightful)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a year ago | (#45336721)

Basic Science.

People have tried to quantify the benefits of basic science but have largely failed – but that does not mean it is not important. By pushing the boundaries of knowledge two things happen. One is the development of elite intuitions which tend to churn out more scientists who tend to go on and do other, different, interesting things. The other is that they stumble onto new weird things which have other applications.

People have tried to quantify the benefits of basic science but have largely failed – but that does not mean it is not important. The spillover effects are hard to measure. There tends to be a long lag time between new discoveries and everyday applications.

Now, off hand, I would think something in genetics or biology would have a bigger impact then space but that is just my 2 cents.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#45336873)

Basic research is the cornerstone of pretty much all technological developments of the last two centuries. Do you seriously imagine that our materials technologies would be anywhere near where they are now without basic research into chemistry and physics?

Let me guess, you're one of those people who thinks that all development is just a series of Eureka! moments.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (2)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a year ago | (#45337003)

I am confused by your comment – where did you get the idea that I was against basic research? “Hard to quantify” does not mean “Not Important”. What it means is that one has a very hard time picking one’s way from George Heilmeier work in 1964 through all of the intermediate steps (and dead ends) to my computer monitor.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (-1, Offtopic)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year ago | (#45337089)

Hiring all those space scientists prevented almost 12 women from being raped during work hours.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Informative)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | about a year ago | (#45336789)

Poor India with it's 1.842 trillion USD GDP. It's a G20 member with the 9 largest economy in the world, ffs.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | about a year ago | (#45336867)

Oh, dear lord. I fucked up that post quite horrendously, didn't I?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336885)

Poor India with it's 1.842 trillion USD GDP. It's a G20 member with the 9 largest economy in the world, ffs.

9 largest economy, but with second largest population of well over a billion people. So still quite possible to consider it a poor country. By that reasoning countries like Monaco and Luxembourg would be considered much poorer than India?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Informative)

Immerman (2627577) | about a year ago | (#45337067)

Are you disingenuous on purpose? 1.8 trillion isn't exactly a huge GDP, much less for a nation the size of India. Let's look at a few examples

___GDP (USD)...population...per-capita GDP
US.......15.68T......313M.....$49,965
UK.........2.44T.......63M.....$38,514
China.....8.23T...1,351M.......$6,091
Nigeria....262b......168M......$1,555
India......1.82T...1,237M......$1,489

So basically India has an economy the size of Brasil, spread across 6x as many people, or alternately a population the size of China, but with 4x less money. I'd call that pretty poor unless you're using Africa as your measuring stick.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#45336831)

If they can pull it off, it tells Pakistan, "We can land a nuke on Islamabad just as easily as we send a probe to Mars." This is exactly how the US-USSR space race played out. The Apollo and Soyuz programs were all about demonstrating the capacity of missile technology.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336953)

Quote the source please?

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (4, Informative)

petes_PoV (912422) | about a year ago | (#45337183)

it tells Pakistan

You don't need a Mars misson for that. All of India's (and China's, too) neighbours are very well aware that the space-faring nations already have the abillity to drop anything they please on them.

No, this mission is an advertising campaign to promote India's already successful space launch industries. The fact that this mission is so much cheaper (if not yet successful: a major factor in the cost of american missions is employing all those 1,000's of staff at western rates of pay. And if the mission does make it to Mars, and continues to run to well past it's planned failure date then the mission just costs more) is part of the "we can launch your satellites AND we have much lower costs" message that the world will hear and take note of.

It might even do some science, too.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (3, Interesting)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#45337787)

Maybe to the politicians and generals, but not to anyone else. Sergey Korolev told a Soviet general, "What we are doing is much more important than your bombs." The Saturn V was useless as a weapon, nothing about the Apollo launches was useful militarily except the spinoff technology, and the general public in both countries didn't cower in fear. Historical revisionism is fun and entertaining, though not always all that accurate.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

maroberts (15852) | about a year ago | (#45338115)

India already is a nuclear power with rocket capability. Going to Mars doesn't tell Pakistan anything new.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (0)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#45337137)

it would build hell of a lot of sewers.
just saying.

and dunno if the total number is that low even.. most of their space related expenses are actually ballistics etc. military stuff they don't actually need(they do need however plenty of footmen, because it isn't exactly a pinnacle of stability, something that building sewers would actually help).

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#45338233)

The launch cost less than a steel magnate's daughter's wedding just a couple of years ago. If the problem is just money that's the place to go to get it, not robbing the country's future development. Were you one of the people who scoffed when Indira Gandhi revealed the country's plan to expand the secondary and educational system and universities, squawking that "They're wasting money while people are starving"? Now those educated people bring vast amounts of income into the country, which their space program hopes to do as well.

Re:0.37% of India's total budget (1)

BringsApples (3418089) | about a year ago | (#45337875)

Don't forget, that when a country is working on firsts, especially in a space program, it unites the country. India is already united (aside from religious problems that plague the entire planet) in it's still recent independence from British rule, and so this must be very exciting for Indians.

Allow me to be the first to say ... (3)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45336555)

Jai Hind!!

Awesome work guys. Hopefully in 10 months we'll be seeing stories about how it's entered orbit, and not stories about something going wrong.

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about a year ago | (#45336597)

They are a democracy and use metric at home. We're in uncharted territory when it comes to first-time to Mars.

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336627)

Awesome work guys.

Ah no. Not really.

The media [telegraph.co.uk] would like to know why the money wasn't spent on `sanitation.'

Though the mission is cheap by developed countries' standards, it has faced criticism in India where commentators have questioned why the money has not been spent instead on improving poor sanitation.

So, what have you to say for yourselves, space cowboys of India?

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (2)

somersault (912633) | about a year ago | (#45336663)

What makes you think that it's lack of money causing the poor sanitation? Or that the money for this particular program was the only money that could have been diverted? Or that you shouldn't congratulate the engineers who worked towards this pretty awesome achievement, even if their government/religious leaders are idiots?

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336669)

Better sanitation means improved health, which means fewer deaths, which means larger population, which means more hunger, which means more dissatisfaction, which means more unrest, which means shit's gonna get fucked up.

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45336689)

So, what have you to say for yourselves, space cowboys of India?

India has a population of over 1.2 billion people. There will always be other things to spend money on. This gives India both technology, future industry, and hopefully something to make the next generation of Indian rocket scientists happen.

You can't stagnate a country until you've mopped up everything else -- because you'd never be done. This was done for something like under $75 million dollars -- it's not like that would have completely alleviated the problems. It likely wouldn't even put a dent in them.

Find me one single country which has solved all of their problems before also focusing on other things. The reality is, you can't, and all countries need to do more than one thing.

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336705)

India will be first to build toilet on mars... jai toilet

Re:Allow me to be the first to say ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336735)

Generally aerospace engineers don't work on civil engineering projects. They should have outsourced the project to India to save enough money to get the civil engineers payed too.

where is it? (1)

watcher-rv4 (2712547) | about a year ago | (#45336569)

In 3 years, Slashdot may have a story "Mangalyaan leaves the Solar System".

Re:where is it? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about a year ago | (#45336787)

That would be quite an achievement... it would mean that Mangalyaan would be traveling an order of magnitude faster than the Voyager probes, by accident!

fffrrrrrst posssttt (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336579)

fffrrrrrst posssttt

No brainer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336609)

If I lived in India I'd take the first rocket to anywhere. Sign me up. It can't be much worse than the rest of their transportation options.

Re:No brainer (3, Interesting)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year ago | (#45337699)

If I lived in India I'd take the first rocket to anywhere. Sign me up. It can't be much worse than the rest of their transportation options.

Actually, India has a very capable transportation network. Their railways are pretty good. Sure, you have the cheap seats that are not clean, but I've traveled a lot on their higher-class compartments, and they were clean and comfortable (air-conditioned sleepers).

The US has one of the worst PUBLIC transportation systems for a western country. Even air transport is horrible for an economy passenger. Frankly, the railway and bus network of India puts the US' public transport network to shame.

Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | about a year ago | (#45336655)

If getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul, does that mean there is a shorter way?

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (2)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#45336707)

yes, a continuously powered non-ballistic trajectory. possible with alternative technologies to chemical fuel rockets

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | about a year ago | (#45336711)

Yes but it requires putting nuclear reactors into space. Public opinion is against this for some reason.

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336843)

fuck space and the high horse it rode in on

if we want to strap a nuke on a rocket that's our choice. Even if something goes wrong, space is so big it will dilute any negative effects. The solution to pollution is dilution and what's bigger than space?

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336897)

what's bigger than space?
 
Yo momma?

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336993)

fuck space at 10x the cost, possible failure in mid air leading to radioactive debris on land and you've got yourself into another round of sequestration.

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337071)

Someone should tell them about the sun.

Re:Getting to Mars by rocket is a long haul... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337597)

Mission planners get to choose between low-energy, high transit time and long distance transfers (Hohmann or bi-elliptical or nearly so) and high-energy, low transit time, short distance transfers.

If you have easy access to energy, you can in fact go ridiculously fast. Fast solar sails (yes, that's a thing) could get to Mars in almost no time. If we ever decided to build them, they could be so fast that orbital effects are negligible. Trouble is, you get almost no payload and you zip right past or into the planet.

All real interplanetary missions use low-energy transfers, I'm afraid.

Good Job, But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336677)

This is great and congratulations to them. But, this mission seems very "me too" rather than addressing a specific issue. I wonder Why they didn't try something new. A real First, rather than first Indian.

Re:Good Job, But... (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#45336863)

Because most of the "real firsts" were done by Russia and the U.S. a long time ago. And you've got to start somewhere.

Re:Good Job, But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337989)

This is great and congratulations to them. But, this mission seems very "me too" rather than addressing a specific issue. I wonder Why they didn't try something new. A real First, rather than first Indian.

Uh, because it's fucking rocket science and making your first interplanetary mission go further than to one of our closest neighbors is even more likely to fail? The US with all its space exploration experience can still only get roughly half of Mars missions to succeed and this is their first so the odds are not very good anyway.

Besides, in order to do something new they can add different instruments to their orbiter than have been orbiting Mars so far. That doesn't increase the risks much but can yield new scientific discoveries.

As Usual (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336693)

This will exactly meat the requested specifications, no more, and be completely unfit for use in a commercial setting... At least it was cheap.

Re:As Usual (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year ago | (#45336757)

This will exactly meat the requested specifications,

As long as it's not beef.

Re:As Usual (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337639)

I'm glad you caught that... Sounds like I'll have to eat my words.

Here's wish India, "Good Luck". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336783)

Mankind need to Mars...

Re:Here's wish India, "Good Luck". (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337961)

Uh, what? Mankind? Need? What the hell are you talking about? Mars is a dead, cold, sterile rock unimaginably far away. So what?

The other three space agencies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336819)

What are the other three space agencies with a presence near Mars?

Re:The other three space agencies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45336901)

NASA, ESA, and Roscosmos, I'm guessing?

Re:The other three space agencies? (2)

nharmon (97591) | about a year ago | (#45336911)

Soviet Space Program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.

The vacuum of space (0)

Doug Otto (2821601) | about a year ago | (#45336845)

At least in space you won't be able to hear the incessant honking of the rocket's horn; a distinction among India's vehicles.

The Asian Space Race (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337099)

Now that the US and Russia are out of the picture there's a new space race, and that's to see which of the southeast asian nations has what it takes to be a spacefaring power. China immediately complained about the launch, Japan is probably trying to figure out how to top this, and Iran is watching from the sidelines wishing it had the money to pull this kind of stunt.

Re:The Asian Space Race (1)

nullchar (446050) | about a year ago | (#45338205)

And that's a good thing! Racing to space for the future of Humanity should be shared by all.

Just because they Indians they cant do it right? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337113)

The amount of racism in some of these posts disgust me.

Re:Just because they Indians they cant do it right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337403)

the amount of disgust in your post disgusts me.

Re:Just because they Indians they cant do it right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45338113)

What's with the racism here? Most people are good natured here. You ought to ignore the fucktards.

Crew (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337215)

Are all religions represented in the crew ? I'm just curious, because there are so many religions in India..

Re:Crew (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45337369)

Not sure if serious... -_-

Perhaps... (-1, Troll)

quonsar (61695) | about a year ago | (#45337265)

...the space program will foster new technology to, you know, do something about THE OPEN RIVERS OF FLOWING SHIT in Calcutta?

Re:Perhaps... (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#45337389)

I think the world's knowledge of shit-controlling technology is pretty up there. If they want to change their sanitation then they will need to demand it.

That's one of the things that the rivers of shit have in common with the US Congress: the only reason they're there is because of apathy.

If there's a fault... (0)

Viol8 (599362) | about a year ago | (#45337267)

... I hope mission control don't mind waiting on the phone for 20 mins to Helpdesk , then going through a 5 level automated menu which asks them all their details , only to be finally put through to a human who asks all the same details again in an unintelligable accent and then be asked if they're sure the spacecraft is heading for the correct planet and could they double check, Then be put on hold once more and be passed to the customer satisfaction survey dept by mistake.

Re:If there's a fault... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45338269)

Right. I suppose that's what NASA does when it makes unreliable rockets.

I am a bad person (0)

JSalazar (664778) | about a year ago | (#45337785)

I can't help thinking that if Indians in programming forums are indicative of Indian space engineers, this happens in aerospace forums:

- I need interplanetary probe for launch next month. needs to monitor mars. I am very new to this, please help friend.
- This a very broad question. Please start by reading my articles about satellite building.
- Your articles are good i will read later. can you pleas provide also assembled satellite friend?

Re:I am a bad person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45338167)

And I suppose the curious ones will learn by themselves. The rest of them won't have a clue?

Good Lord! (5, Insightful)

kaatochacha (651922) | about a year ago | (#45337851)

Can't anyone just say "Good Job India, well done, best of luck on your launch and let's hope everything goes OK, welcome to the club"?
Slashdot is the last place I'd expect huge amounts of "Well, if we can't fix all our problem on Earth, we should never go into space".
Because YOU WILL NEVER SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS ON EARTH.
Sigh.

What happenes when there is a problem? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45338133)

So, imagine that you are the flight director and you now need to make a course correction to avoid smashing into the planet.... do you call the help-desk? and if you do, do you press #(whatever number for Spanish) in hopes of getting through to anyone other than a hell-desk denizen named "Robert" (or any other American name that is surely not what their mama named em)?

just wondering....

Re:What happenes when there is a problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45338193)

I guess they could try calling NASA. With a high probability of being closed due to sequestration or a government shutdown.

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