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Mangalyaan – Mars Orbiter Mission of India (MOM)

India receives accolades for its Mars feat Despite facing monetary and technological limitations, when India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft entered Mars’ orbit on September 24 -exactly 10 months and19 days after it was launched from Sriharikota on November 5, 2013, India became the first nation in the world to successfully make to the Mars in its maiden attempt. Rare feat which was achieved just in two years, as the approval for the mission was [...]

No Rewards for Mangalyaan Scientists

September 24, 2014. This date is certain to go down in the annals of Indian history; it shall be remembered and recalled for decades to come. The date stands for India’s scientific and technological genius, for innovation on a shoestring. This morning India’s maiden mission to Mars – nicknamed MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission) – marked a resounding success as Mangalyaan, the orbiter culminated its 300-day journey to the Red Planet, by arriving in the Martian orbit. [...]

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of india

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission has clocked success. We have become the first country to be successful in the maiden attempt in a Mars mission. The spacecraft entered the Martian orbit Wednesday morning exactly at the appointed time, the ISRO has since confirmed. Technically, the burn start of the main liquid engine was prompt. However, the radio link between the spacecraft and earth is now blocked by Mars as the planet is undergoing an eclipse and [...]

Mangalyaan Mission

The discovery of telescope in the 1600s inspired mankind to explore Mars. Hundreds of years of attempts had all failed. Almost two-thirds of the missions failed because of the engineering complexities involved. However, of late there were examples like the twin Mars Exploration Rovers which became a huge success and are operating for some years now. Colour changes which had actually happened due to seasonal vegetation and linear features could be observed by the earlier [...]

The gist of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM): The MOM secured the sanction of the Government on 3rd August, 2012 with a budget of only USD 80 million, just a few days before NASA successfully launched and touched the surface of Mars, with their space exploration rover, designated Curiosity. Since then, the ISRO scientists have been working tirelessly to design a spacecraft for the proposed Mars mission. In an incredible 15 months period, the satellite [...]

Present status of the MoM: With its fifth orbit lifting operation finally complete successfully, the Mangalyaan is orbiting at an apogee of approximately 1.93 lakh kilometers. This apogee means that the satellite is ready to leave the orbit of the earth and embark on its journey of 400 million miles to Mars. The final departure from the earth’s orbit will involve a phase called the Trans – Martian Injection (the final rocket boost), scheduled for [...]

The two giant neighbors and heavyweight players in Asia have the habit of hogging the limelight, every time they are at loggerheads over bilateral issues. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they get featured regularly in the spotlight section of leading dailies. They are also a personal favourite of the paparazzi.  If I am allowed to be little flippant, I would  say that India-China relation is akin to that of the Khans of Bollywood. [...]

A few words about the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM): The MOM secured the sanction of the Government on 3rd August, 2012 with a budget of USD 80 million, just a few days before NASA successfully launched and touched the surface of Mars, with their space exploration rover, designated Curiosity. Since then, the ISRO scientists have been working tirelessly to design the spacecraft for the proposed Mars mission. In an incredible 15 months period, the satellite [...]

India has proved its space capability by successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission. The launch of the satellite has given India a big jump in its space program. It is the collective effort of more than 500 scientists who worked day and night to make this mission a reality. For India it is an opportunity to go ahead of China and Japan, whose mission to reach the planet failed. In November 2011, the Russian mission [...]

In what seems to be a quantum leap in the Indian space technology, the aspiration of our country of sending an unmanned space vehicle to Mars is on the brink of fulfillment with the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) program, scheduled to be launched in November 2013. The red planet, Mars, is closest to the earth during November. This breakthrough of our country in space science will reaffirm the leading position of India in the global [...]