Wednesday, September 24, 2014

India Reaches the Red Planet!

Mangalyaan - India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM)

Launched: November 5, 2013 14:38 IST
Mars Orbit Insertion: September 24, 2014 7:18 IST

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), informally called Mangalyaan is a Mars orbiter that was successfully launched on November 5, 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The Mangalyaan entered the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 at 7:18 IST.

The European Space Agency's Earth station at Madrid confirmed insertion into the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 at 7:54 IST.

[Graphic Design: GoldenTwine Graphic]

India becomes the first country to make it to Mars in its maiden attempt.

Only the US, Europe and Russia have, so far, sent probes that have orbited or landed on Mars. China failed in 2011.

India's Rs450-crore expedition cost is about a tenth of NASA's Mars mission, Maven, which entered the orbit of Mars on Monday.

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