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India's first Mars probe arrives in orbit

September 25, 2014 | Comment icon 32 comments

One of the first images of Mars returned by the spacecraft. Image Credit: ISRO
India's Mangalyaan probe has made history this week by successfully entering orbit around Mars.
The mission has been hailed as an unparalleled success as it marks the first time that any nation has managed to put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars on its first attempt.

India's achievement is all the more impressive because it cost only $74 million, a remarkably cheap figure for a mission of this kind. NASA's Maven spacecraft, which arrived a couple of days before, cost 10 times as much and even recent hit movie Gravity cost more to produce with its budget of $100 million.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the success as a "historic occassion". "We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation," he said.

The probe's objective will now be to map the planet's surface and study its atmosphere while keeping a special look out for traces of methane - one of the major telltale signs of life.

Source: BBC News | Comments (32)

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Comment icon #23 Posted by Aardvark-DK 8 years ago
Hm, where is the support hotline for that probe..oh wait....
Comment icon #24 Posted by Sakari 8 years ago
If India can afford a space program, why are we sending them billions of dollars in foreign aid? Ok, millions. I agree, why are we?
Comment icon #25 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 8 years ago
Ok, millions. I agree, why are we? One day I will post a topic on the Indian space programme which won't be taken off topic by a lot of people demonstrating their nativity of trade relations and international aid. Sadly this is not gong to be that topic. Why do nations like the USA give aid to reasonably wealthy nations like India? The answer is blindingly obvious if people just thought about it. Influence. A few million is absolutely peanuts as a percentage of the US budget, but being friends with the second biggest nation in the world by population is priceless. If you are in a friendly rela... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by bobb73 8 years ago
India should worry about it's Godamn tiger population and how to save them instead of wasting it on outer space. Leave space exploration for the US and Russia
Comment icon #27 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 8 years ago
India should worry about it's Godamn tiger population and how to save them instead of wasting it on outer space. Leave space exploration for the US and Russia Would you care to explain how not sending a spacecraft to Mars would help a single tiger survive? I would be interested to see a logical connection between the two things. You do know that Russia has tigers don't you? You do know they are also on the edge of extinction? Maybe Russia shouldn't explore space either. The USA doesn't have tigers but it does have Jaguar and Cougar, both of which are threatened and in decline. Using your "logi... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 8 years ago
Here are some of the first images returned by the Mars Orbiter Mission, posted in the Missions to Mars section of UM's Space Exploration gallery: MOM's first image of Mars Mars' Limb From MOM Regional dust storm seen by MOM
Comment icon #29 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 8 years ago
those are some beautiful pictures, and it's a remarkable achievement.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 8 years ago
ISRO have released another full disc image of Mars taken by the Mars Orbiter Mission: Full disc image of Mars
Comment icon #31 Posted by Didya See That 8 years ago
The reason it cost so much less...When they had tech issues and called for support, they understood what the person on the other end of the line was saying. Saved countless hours.
Comment icon #32 Posted by bison 8 years ago
India's Mars Orbiter Mission- 'Mangalyaan' has returned sequential images of Mars' moon Phobos, passing in front of the Red Planet. They're rendered as a video, at the following link:

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