India's Mission to Mars

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India's Mission to ‘Mars’ ! Source : http://news.oneindia.in/

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After being launched from ISRO's spaceport of Sriharikota on November 5, 2013 the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) reached Mars on September 24, 2014

What is Mars Orbiter Mission?:

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan , is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth Orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) What is Mars Orbiter Mission?

What are the objectives of this mission?:

What are the objectives of this mission ? As per isro.org, one of the main objectives of the first Indian mission to Mars is to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission.

Technological Objectives:

Technological Objectives Design and realisation of a Mars orbiter with a capability to survive and perform Earth bound manoeuvres, cruise phase of 300 days.

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Deep space communication, navigation, mission planning and management. Incorporate autonomous features to handle contingency situations.

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Scientific Objectives: Exploration of Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere by indigenous scientific instruments.

Challenges faced :

Challenges faced Navigating the spacecraft from the Earth to Mars in deep space. Re-activating the temporary inactive sub-systems of the spacecraft once it reaches Mars after a 10-month journey. Source: www.isro.org

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Developing on-board autonomy for the Mars Orbiter Infrastructure to maintain constant communication between the spacecraft and ground control. 

Finally, It’s Mars !:

Finally, It’s Mars !   The Indian spacecraft has reached Mars and entered the planet's orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt .

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The success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, brings India into an elite club of Martian explorers that includes United States, the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union . Source : http://www.niticentral.com/ Source: hdwallpapersbackgrounds.com

PM’s take on MoM !:

PM’s take on MoM ! Prime Minister Narendra Modi said- “We join the elite club of three other nations – Russia, US and Europe and what is so special that we have succeeded in the first attempt, which has not been so with all other attempts”. It is also special since only 21 of the 51 missions have succeeded.” Source: http://www.niticentral.com/

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