2013 – India launches the Mars Orbiter Mission, its first interplanetary probe
The Mars Orbiter Mission, also called Mangalyaan is a space probe orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5th November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
It is India’s first interplanetary mission and it made it the fourth space agency to reach Mars. It made India the first Asian nation to reach Martian orbit and the first nation in the world to do so on its maiden attempt.
The Mars Orbiter Mission probe lifted-off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Andhra Pradesh, using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket C25 at 09:08 UTC on 5th November 2013.
The MOM probe spent about a month in Earth orbit, where it made a series of seven apogee-raising orbital manoeuvres before trans-Mars injection on 30 November 2013. After a 298-day transit to Mars, it was put into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014.
The mission is a “technology demonstrator” project to develop the technologies for designing, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission. It carries five scientific instruments.
Extra Note: The spacecraft is currently being monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennae at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
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