By Kid Reporter: Ishaan, Age 9
Do you want to know about the first nation in the world to go into the orbit of Mars’s on it’s first attempt? Read this to find out more about it.
Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched into space by the Indian Space Research Organization on November 3rd, 2013. MOM has been orbiting Mars since September 24th, 2014. This is the first time a nation has successfully, on the first attempt made in it in the Martian Orbit. The Indian Mars Probe is named Mangalyaan. It is being monitored by the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO. (Indian Space Research Organization). ISRO is the fourth agency to reach mars after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.
What I Think About This
I am an American Indian and I was really excited that India had made it into the Martian orbit. I visit India every summer. Mostly I limit my trip to Mumbai and New Delhi. I see a lot of poverty, illiteracy and hot weather there. Out of all places in the world, I had no clue that India would make it into the Martian orbit. I am so proud and inspired. I find It really cool and amazing that India beat China in the race to Mars.
The People Behind the Mission
The project cost only 11% of NASA’s Mars mission. (It cost less than the movie gravity) It was launched in Andhra Pradesh. Mangalyaan weighs about 1,350kg (2,976lb). The founder of Mangalyaan is Dr Vikram Sarabhai. Dr K Radhakrishan is ISRO’s Chairman. He led the whole project. Dr M Annadurai is a scientist with the Indian Space Research Organization. Mr. S Arunan is the project director of MOM.
Here are some cool facts about Mangalyaan:
Mangalyaan was originally built to be able to gauge the resources required for planning, managing technology and operations of an inter-planetary missions. But now with its success, it will also be able to look for any forms of life on mars.
The Indian Space Research Organization is primary space agency for India. It has made history since inception 44 years ago. (1970).
This Mars Mission was the cheapest Mars Mission to date, even though it costs Rs. 450 crores or $73 million.
The mars craft travelled 650 million kilo meters from earth. If calculated, the cost comes up to Rs. 6.7 per kilometer. This turns out to be cheaper than a regular rickshaw or cab ride in the city. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 54.6 million kilometers. The farthest apart they can be is about 401 million km. The average distance is about 225 million km.
This a picture that Mangalyaan took of Earth:
I hope you learned a lot about Mangalyaan!