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Mangalyaan completes 100 days in orbit around Mars

Staff Report
Filed on January 1, 2015

On September 24, a very significant technological milestone of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) called Mars Orbit Insertion took place


The PSLV-C25 rocket carrying the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft blasting off from the launch pad at Sriharikota.- AFP

The first day of 2015 marks 100 days of India’s spacecraft orbiting Mars. On September 24, a very significant technological milestone of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) called Mars Orbit Insertion took place. 

The Mars mission is India's first interplanetary mission to Mars. India is the first Asian country to successfully send a satellite to Mars in the first attempt.

The project is expected to help the scientists with better planetary research. One of the objectives is to develop the technologies required for management and operations of an interplanetary mission. The spacecraft carries out observation of physical features of Mars and the planet’s atmosphere. The spacecraft has been configured to orbit Mars in an elliptical orbit.

The venture has a price tag of just 4.5 billion rupees ($72 million), roughly one-tenth the cost of Maven, NASA’s latest Mars mission. Two-thirds of the parts for the Indian probe and rocket were made by domestic firms like Larsen & Toubro , the country’s largest engineering firm, Godrej & Boyce, and state plane-maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

While such companies have a long way to go before they can attract big business in the commercial space sector, years of work on home-grown space projects are helping them carve out a niche as suppliers of precision parts for related sectors like defence, aeronautics and nuclear energy.





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