India has made history by attaining success in its first interplanetary mission to mars. India is the first country to successful reach mars in its maiden attempt. Wednesday morning has turned out to be a proud moment for all the 14 scientists involved and the entire nation.
The newly elected president quoted “”When our cricketers win a tournament, we celebrate in a big way. What these scientists have achieved is thousand times bigger,” the situation turned tricky minutes before when the aircraft left its specified orbit and moved on a different trajectory. However with some quick maneuvers the space craft was brought in line and has successfully reached the orbit.
Tricky part in today’s journey was to fire the liquid Apogee motor. The motor had been idle for 300 days however it was test fired on Monday for few seconds. The motor had to be fired to lower the speed of the aircraft to 4.2 km/seconds to help it enter the mars orbit and to follow the probe trajectory. The motor was fired for 24 minutes.
The mission was launched last year on 5th November from Andhra Pradesh and the mission took 15 months of sweat and efforts from Indian scientists to complete. The estimated cost involved in the project was around 450 crore.
In a message to Dr K Radhakrishnan, chairman ( ISRO), Indian president Pranab Mukherjee said “I extend my hearty congratulations and best wishes to you and your team on the successful Orbit Insertion Maneuver of the Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ after a journey of nearly nine months. The success has made India the first Asian country and ISRO the fourth space agency to send a satellite to the red planet. ISRO is also the first to enter the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt.”
NASA congratulated ISRO on twitter saying: “We congratulate @ISRO for its Mars arrival! @MarsOrbiter joins the missions studying the Red Planet”
#INDIA #MARS @ISRO @MarsOrbiter its time we Indians play cricket on mars”.
By: Manu Arora