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Mars Orbiter Mission -Key to India's Success

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The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan ("Mars-craft", from Sanskrit: मंगल mangala, "Mars" and यान yāna, "craft, vehicle"),[8][9] is a spacecraft orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) [10][11][12][13] It is India's first interplanetary mission[14] and ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.[15][16] It is also the first nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so.[17][18][19][20]
  1. K Radhakrishnan
  2. 3. S Ramakrishnan
  3. S Ramakrishnan
  4. SK Shivakumar
  5. P Kunhikrishnan
  6. Chandradathan
  7. AS Kiran Kumar
  8. MYS Prasad
  9. S Arunan
  10. B Jayakumar
  11. MS Pannirselvam
  12. S Arunan
  13. V Kesava Raju
  14. ISRO scientific secretary V Koteswara Rao.

Q2. The Mars Orbiter Mission probe lifted-off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota Range SHAR), Andhra Pradesh, using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25 at 09:08 UTC (14:38 IST) on 5 November 2013.

Here are 8 reasons why India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just amazing:

The Mangalyaan mission cost India $73 million (~Rs.450 crores) which is even cheaper than an eight lane bridge in Mumbai which cost $340 million. It is less than the budget of film “Gravity” which was about $105 million and about one-tenth of what the US has spent on MAVEN, making it undoubtedly the most cost-effective inter-planetary space mission to have ever been undertaken anywhere in the world!

In real terms, when distributed over the population of 1.2 billion, every Indian has contributed Rs.4 per towards the mission.

Mangalyaan will observe the environment of Mars and look for various elements like methane (marsh gas), which is a possible indicator of life. It will also look for Deuterium-Hydroden ratio...


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