Indian Space Research Organisation known as ISRO, Mars Mission Mangalyaan – India created history on Wednesday, becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt. I feel very proud today because of all the unsung heroes – our Scientists of ISRO, who’s relentless efforts put India at the forefront of Space Technologies, as Mangalyaan solo flight enters in Mars Orbit and India become #FIRST country in the World to succeed in its first effort. My heartiest congratulations to ISRO Team and their leader.
India joins United States, European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in the elite club of Martian explorers with the Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately called MOM. India’s Mangalyaan flight is significant because more than half the world’s previous attempts – 23 out of 41 Mars missions – have failed, including attempts by Japan in 1999 and China in 2011. But the brilliance of Indian scientist succeeds in their first effort.
The spacecraft is expected to circle the planet for at least six months, following an elliptical orbit that gets within 365 kilometers (227 miles) of the planet’s surface at its closest and 80,000 kilometers (49,700 miles) at its farthest.
Well done, ISRO, every time you make us feel proud.