Indian scientists exult over the first ever maiden successful mars mission costing lesser than the Oscar-winning movie “Gravity” about astronauts stranded in space.
India’s population of 1.2 billion is celebrating the scientists of the space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who registered India’s name among the elite club of interplanetary exploring nations.
This 3,000 pound Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) that slipped into the designated orbit around the Mars planet cost USD 75 million and 18 months to build. Interestingly, the Oscar award-winning movie “Gravity” based on astronauts stranded in space was produced over a three-year period with a budget of USD 100 million.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming the first successful attempt as a “near impossible” mission said that “history has been created today”. The United States, Russia and Europe already have successful “Mars missions”, however, after initial failures.
The Mangalyaan mission seeks to collect data on the presence of methane gas and life on the planet.
Mangalyaan exchanges Tweets with Mars Curiosity, with a touch of humor.
Upon entering the Mars Orbit, Mangalyaan was greeted by fellow satellite Mars Curiosity. Here’s their tweet exchange:
Howdy @MarsCuriosity ? Keep in touch. I’ll be around.
— ISRO’s Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 24, 2014
10 Super Awesome Facts About India’s Mangalyaan
Apart from Mangalyaan being the most cost-effective Mars mission ever, there are several other interesting facts about it. The guys at Smartur.com has come up with an Infographic depicting the details.
WHO IS NEXT?
With only four members in the elite club of the interplanetary exploring nations, the “who is next” question is obvious.
It probably could be the nation with the world’s largest building or the biggest shopping mall. The United Arab Emirates seeks to join this space race of Mars mission by 2021. It would be the first mission to another planet from the Arab world.
Political experts have warned the UAE to keep its neighbours in the gulf region in the loop to avoid any political tensions over an aerospace race.