Here is the latest report that India have successfully launched its first probe to Mars and it would be their first step towards the mission mars.
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission rocketed into space at 4:08 a.m. from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, where the local time was 2:38 p.m. An ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launched the probe on its 300-day trek into orbit around the Red Planet.
We would like to tell you that Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh had officially announced about their plans regarding mission mars last year.
He announced the mission during a speech marking the 65th anniversary of India’s independence from British rule.
“This spaceship to Mars will be a huge step for us in the area of science and technology,” he said.
The 4.5 billion rupee ($82 million) mission is likely to be launched in November 2013 with a rocket developed by the Indian Space Research Organization.
If India’s probe would reach to Mars successfully then It would be the fourth country after US, Europe and Soviet Union to reach the red planet.
The Mangalyaan orbiter is carrying five instruments to Mars:
- Lyman Alpha Photometer used to measure the loss process of water from the planet.
- Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer to create a map of the Martian surface.
- Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer to study Mars’ atmosphere.
- Mars Color Camera to take pictures of Mars’ surfaces and Martian weather events. The camera will also take photos of moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
“To visit another planet is a fantastic thing, the biggest thing,” space scientist Yash Pal, a former chairman of India’s University Grants Commission who was not involved in developing the Mars mission, told the Associated Press. “If you can afford airplanes and war machines, you can certainly spend something to fulfill the dreams of young people.”