For John, BLUF: Mankind is again venturing out into space. Nothing to see here; just move along.
A pretty impressive effort by India has put a satellite in orbit around Mars, the Red Planet. On the first attempt.
Mangalyaan, Hindi for Mars craft, cost $74 million to send into space, making it by far the cheapest of recent missions to Mars. The U.S. spent $671 million getting its Maven satellite to Mars orbit, where it arrived late Sunday.So why can they do it for 11% of what we spent?
Congratulations to the Indian Space Agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation.
Regards — Cliff