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India's Mission to Mars India's Mission to Mars

Aparna Dutt Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, IBEF

Nov 11, 2011 9:44 AM

India's first interplanetary mission, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), lifted off successfully from Indian Space Research Organisation's Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013. The PSLV C-25 will be put on Mars Transfer Trajectory on December 01, 2013 and will remain in the trans-Martian orbit for about 300 days before finally entering the red planet's orbit on September 24, 2014. If successful, the Mission would make ISRO the fourth space agency to reach Mars after Roscosmos, NASA and ESA. At INR 450 crore (US$ 73 million), the price tag is less than a sixth of the amount earmarked for a Mars probe to be launched by NASA later this month. As per a recent report, India's MOM is one of the most tracked satellites in the world.

The successful lift off and ISRO's engineering skills are an acknowledgement of India's competence in the area of science and technology. Being the silver jubilee lift-off of the PSLV, it was the longest PSLV mission (44 minutes). Out of the 25 launches, 24 had been successful in a row.

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