Mangalyaan – India’s mission to Mars

By on November 5, 2013

On 5th November 2013, at 1438 hours, India will launch her first Mission to Mars, an orbiter named ‘Mangalyaan‘, or Mars Craft. If successful,  this Rupees 450 crore project by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) would be India’s first and world’s only 4th successful mission to Mars after USA, Russia and Europe’s missions. USA’s NASA already has 2 rovers on Mars surface. The Mangalyaan will not have a rover like the NASA ones but it will be relatively close to it’s surface throughout the mission.

ISRO Mission to Mars

The mission will take off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota and will spend around 20 days orbiting Earth before it takes off to Mars in a 9 month long journey. It is expected to reach Mars orbit on the 24th September, 2014 after which it will spend time collecting data and doing some research.  There is also a special sensor abroad the mission which will detect the presence of Methane in the atmosphere. Methane is a gas produced by living organisms and if it is found int he Mars atmosphere, it would mean there is life on Mars.

The mission is primarily a ‘show of strength’ for India’s technological advancements. India has already put 20 satellites into orbit, however, a mission like this required everything to go right and nothing to go wrong.

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