Indian Scientists Who Made Mars Orbiter Mission Possible

3. M Annadurai (55):

Programme Director, Mars Orbiter Mission 2013.
He is responsible for budget management, direction for spacecraft configuration, schedule management, resource allocation for the mission. Challenge: India's first true inter-planetary mission. Lots of autonomy for the spacecraft to take decisions on its own. There is a nearly 50 percent difference in climatic conditions between Earth and Mars.

4. AS Kiran Kumar (61):

Director, Satellite Application Centre.
He is responsible for designing and building three of the orbiter payloads - Mars Colour Camera, Methane Sensor and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer.

Challenge: Miniaturising the components as the satellite does not provide much space.

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Source: IANS