Mangalyaan launched on 5 November 2013 by ISRO has reached the Mars orbit on 24 September 2014 at 7.18 IST. This is a proud moment for Indians #ProudIndian

mangalayaan mars mission orbiter india Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission Enters Orbit & Makes History

  1. Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan which was launched on 5 November 2013 by ISRO has reached the Mars orbit on 24 September 2014 at 7.18 IST. This is a proud moment for Indians for so many reasons. Small wonder that these are some of the trending Twitter hashtags currently: #Mangalyaan,  #MissionMars, #MarsMission,  #ProudIndian.
  2. India is ever closer to shedding the limiting tag of ‘third world nation’ thrust on it by the western world as Indians become the first to successfully get a spacecraft into orbit of Mars orbit at the very first attempt. Not only is this one of the cheapest ever interplanetary missions, India has succeeded where space programmes of Russia, the United States and Europe had failed. Only 21 of 51 missions launched so far have succeeded. The space craft has traveled an amazing 670 million kilometres (420 million miles) over 300 days to finally enter the Red Planet’s orbit. (Source – BBC)
  3. The space probe, which is the size of a Tata Nano car, has entered the atmosphere of Mars this morning. The most recent failure was that of the Chinese Yinghuo-1 in 2011 and India is now in elite company of only three other agencies that have been successful in reaching Mars via their probes – NASA, the European Space Agency and the former USSR. NASA sent ISRO a congratulatory Tweet soon after Mangalyaan reached the Mars orbit.NASA TWEETS ISRO Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission Enters Orbit & Makes History
  4. Mangalyaan will explore the atmosphere, surface and mineralogy of Mars and will try to determine what happened to the water that was thought to have existed on the planet in large quantities. Referred to as a ‘Technology Demonstrator’ this mission will pave the way for developing technologies for more interplanetary missions.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was justifiably proud of our Indian scientists and pointed out that this is a moment of far greater pride and glory (“1000 times bigger”) than if an Indian team won a cricket match. When congratulating the ISRO team, the PM said “The moment this mission was named MOM, I knew it would not disappoint. Moms never fail…We dared to reach out to the unknown.” (Source – NDTV)MOM Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission Enters Orbit & Makes History
  6. The process of insertion began at 4.17 am this morning and at 6.56 the process of forward rotation was initiated. 7.17 am was the critical moment when the liquid apogee motor had to be fired. Velocity slowed, communication with the craft broke as it slipped behind Mars and soon thereafter communication was resumed.
  7. Positive reactions and congratulatory messages are pouring in from across the world with #Mangalyaan and #MissionMars trending worldwide on Twitter. Other popular hashtags are #JourneyToMars and #ISROMOM. The punsters, spoofers, parodists and the wisecrackers are also out in force:unreal times Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission Enters Orbit & Makes History
  8. Meanwhile ISRO’s twitter page also had some amusing tweets to tweet:ISRO TWEETS Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission Enters Orbit & Makes History

Image 1 – BBC Image 3 source – ISRO Facebook Image 2 source – NASA Twitter page, Image 4 source – Unreal Times, Image 5 source – Mars Orbiter on Twitter, Image 1 – BBC

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