India Successfully Enters The Mars Orbit


Today is a significant day for India as it has created history with its success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), officially called the Magalyaan Mission. After almost ten and a half months, a Mars orbiter that was released into the space by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully entered the Mars orbit this morning.

With the successful completion of the MOM, India becomes the first country ever to enter the Mars orbit in its very first attempt that too in a very short span of time. Before ISRO, it was the Soviet Space Program (took three attempts before it succeeded in entering the Mars orbit), NASA (succeeded in the second attempt), and the European Space Agency, that successfully reached the Mars orbit. The mission for India, unlike other agencies to have succeeded in the similar mission, was completed within a skimpy budget of just $74 million, reports The Hindu.

Prime Minister Modi reached Bangalore early in the morning to witness the historic moment from ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) from where the mission was being monitored. When the orbiter was successfully inserted into the Mars orbit at 7:59 am, PM Modi expressed his joy via Twitter:

Excitement is now in the air.

Yes, India has officially been invited to study the Red Planet in the journey to Mars.

As PM Modi has put it, we too agree: “Let today’s success drive us with even greater vigour, and conviction. Let’s set ourselves, even more challenging goals.”

Pallavi Sharma

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