Indian Space scientist created history and gave all Indians a reason to be proud on 24th September morning, by successfully getting a spacecraft into the Martian orbit. With this success, India became the first country to enter the Mar’s orbit. Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) arrived in orbit after a 300-day marathon by covering over 670 million kilometres (420 million miles). It started orbiting the planet at 7.45 am but it took around 12 minutes for the joy moment to arrive for the scientists at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore.
India achieved this success in its maiden attempt itself while both US and Russia had failed in their maiden attempts. Yinghuo-1, the first Chinese mission to Mars had failed in the year 2011 so had the Russian Phobos-Grunt mission which was launched at the same time. The Japanese mission to Mars in 1998 also failed as the spacecraft ran out of fuel and was lost. Even though a late starter, India has gone ahead of its Asian rivals.
MOM- which is an indigenously made unmanned robotic mission weighs 1,350kg (2,976lb). It was launched on 5th November 2013 from the rocket port at Sriharikota on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.