India created history with its maiden Mars MissionSeptember 25, 2014
There was an air of pride, applause and happiness at the Indian space agency's Mission Tracking Centre in Bangalore, after hours of tension and excitement, as the scientists celebrated the success of India's MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission). India has created a history by becoming the first country in the world to reach the red planet's orbit in the first attempt and also the first Asian country to have sent its spacecraft successfully into Mars' orbit.
Just before the spacecraft was about to enter the orbit, ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan said that India would become the first Asian country to have achieved this and if it happens in the maiden attempt itself, India could become the first country in the world to have reached distant Mars on its own steam in the first attempt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present at ISRO's control room since morning (September 24, 2014), said the we have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and human imagination and that the country had achieved the "near impossible". Along with him, millions of other people and scientists stayed glued to their television sets, following the craft's progress. The United States, European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union are the other nations, which have successfully nailed the mars mission and India now proudly follows the league.
The MOM probe, which is named Mangalyaan, initiated a 24-minute orbital insertion burn on Tuesday night, ending a 10-month space journey that began with the spacecraft's launch on November 5, 2013.
India reached Mars with significantly less money and experts based in Bangalore said that it shows how optimal the design is, that way they were able to cut cost and did not compromise in quality.
MOM was launched from the Sriharikota spaceport on the coast of the Bay of Bengal on November 5, 2013 with the main aim finding methane in the Martian air, which could be an indicator of biological activity at, or more likely just below, the surface.