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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

Cuddles Silver badge

Re: Nice problem

"Still got 32% of the fuel they had after orbital insertion, 3.5 years ago.

That barely even registers as 'low' to me."

There are two kinds of people - those who panic and start looking for a petrol station when the fuel metre gets close to halfway, and those who refuse to pay attention to the flashing light because there's easily at least 20 miles left in the tank so stop nagging me. I guess the ISRO is one of the former.

As for the 1000 days, I can't help wondering what kind of distribution you might see for expected vs. actual spacecraft (and lander) lifetimes. It seems most of them either have a lifetime of 0, or survive a couple of orders of magnitude longer than planned, with not much in between.

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