9/24/2014 5:18:28 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
India created history today after it became the he first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its very first attempt.
Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft started orbiting the red planet at 7.47am, but it was only 12 minutes later - because of a time delay in radio signals travelling the 680 million km - that scientists at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore, could erupt in joy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood a happy witness.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Isro scientists over the success and said "Jab kaam mangal hota hai, irade mangal hote hain, tho yaatra bhi mangal hota hai (When the task is holy, and so is the intention, the journey has to be a success)."
Speaking to a leading Indian daily, ISRO Chairman, K Radhakrishnan said, “Earth and Mars, based on their orbital geometry, come closer to each other in every 26 months so we had to capitalise at the earliest possible opportunity. If we missed this, we would have to wait for the next opportunity. We are certainly not competing with any country.”
At approximately Rs 450 crore or around $75 million, the cost of the mission was only about one-tenth of the $670 million Nasa spent on its Maven explorer.
European space agency's 2003 Mars express orbiter had cost about $386 million. Another exploration mission by Japanese, which failed to enter the Red Planet's orbit, had cost more than double than that of Mangalyaan.
On the low cost of this mission, Radhakrishnan said, “ISRO's general philosophy is cost-effectiveness. We always adopt modular approach which gives us cost advantage, it means we take the base of our earlier proven technology and we build on it.”