Mangalyaan: A Success Story of India
Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 24, 2014
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), informally called Mangalyaan (Hindi for “Mars-craft”), is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is planned to enter orbit around Mars on 24 September 2014. The mission is a “technology demonstrator” project aiming to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission.
The Mars Orbiter Mission probe lifted-off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25 at 09:08 UTC (14:38 IST) on 5 November 2013. Thelaunch window was approximately 20 days long and started on 28 October 2013. The MOM probe spent about a month inEarth orbit, where it made a series of seven altitude-raising orbital manoeuvres before trans-Mars injection on 30 November 2013 (UTC).
It is India‘s first interplanetary mission and, if successful, ISRO would become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after theSoviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. The spacecraft is currently being monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennae at Byalalu.