Big day for the country, India’s mission to Mars is successful. Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) most ambitious mission till date, the Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission probe) entered the red planet early morning today (IST timing) bringing all round cheer in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was with the excited scientists at ISRO to witness the historic moment. Talking about the successful launch, he added, “The moment this mission was named MOM, I knew it would not disappoint. Moms never fail…We dared to reach out to the unknown.”
Adding further, the PM stated that India was the first country to achieve this in the first attempt. “History has been created today. We have achieved the near impossible. I congratulate all ISRO scientists and all my fellow Indians on this historic achievement.”
India now joins US, the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in the elite club of Martian explorers. China and Japan have failed. Besides this mission is the cheapest to reach the red planet ever.
The project was announced in August 2012 to prove that India has the technological ability to get to Mars and collect data for further missions. Since then the scientists at ISRO have not only worked day and night to make it a successful launch but at the same time ISRO has continuously updated social networks with its progress. Facebook and Twitter were not spammed by links but visual information about the progress and also making people aware of the different aspects of the Mars journey.
We have curated 15 tweets that would re-live the Mars journey so far with the help of ISRO’s Twitter account:
1. 100 days to go for Mars orbit.
Exactly 100 days to go for Mars Orbit Insertion: MOM is well on its way to meet Mars ! pic.twitter.com/HExsQzroYI
— ISRO (@isro) June 16, 2022
2. Mars orbiter spacecraft completes 75% of its journey.
Mars orbiter spacecraft has completed 75 % of its journey pic.twitter.com/LutS1tGw58
— ISRO (@isro) July 3, 2022
3. 75 days to go, Mars orbiter spacecraft traveled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc.
75 days to MOM’s Mars Orbit Insertion pic.twitter.com/Dv6Aoy6f3X — ISRO (@isro) July 12, 2022
4. 61 days to go, MOM is rapidly racing with a speed of 22km/s towards Mars.
pic.twitter.com/v226Dwt5he — ISRO (@isro) July 26, 2022
5. 49 days to go, MOM’s antenna ready for MOI.
MOM’s antenna ready for Mars Orbit Insertion pic.twitter.com/XbMmserv34 — ISRO (@isro) August 7, 2021
6. 41 days to go, 88 million km to be covered more.
88 million km more to go pic.twitter.com/R8QtaJkrVS — ISRO (@isro) August 14, 2021
7. 35 days to go, MOM is now 187 million km away from Earth.
#ISROMOM is now 187 million km away from Earth. Radio signals take 20 minutes and 47 seconds to reach MOM and return. pic.twitter.com/8ZYTzKWAcz — ISRO (@isro) August 20, 2021
8. 33 days to go, MOM is now 9 million km away from Mars.
#MarsOrbiterMission is just 9 million km away from #Mars pic.twitter.com/uh5JAqyFPG — ISRO (@isro) August 22, 2021
9. 90% of journey completed by MOM.
#MarsOrbiterMission has completed 90% its journey towards the #RedPlanet. pic.twitter.com/dO0xaUkHw1 — ISRO (@isro) August 27, 2021
10. 25 days to go, MOM now 199 million km away from Earth and 6 million km away from Mars.
#MarsOrbiterMission update: 199 million km away from Earth & travelling with a heliocentric velocity of 22.33 km/s. pic.twitter.com/AWBD9odSMe — ISRO (@isro) August 30, 2021
11. 10 days to go, uploading of commands for Mars Orbit insertion.
Uploading of commands, required for Mars Orbit Insertion, has just begun. Will take almost 13hrs. #MarsOrbiterMission pic.twitter.com/Hj1RwGHPow — ISRO (@isro) September 14, 2021
12. 3 days to go, major systems insertion done.
#MarsOrbiter is scheduled to reach the rendezvous point in 3 days. pic.twitter.com/bLUqD7RsWi — ISRO (@isro) September 21, 2021
13. MOM enters the neighborhood.
#MarsOrbiter has just entered the Martian neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/hwz3DN5KFw — ISRO (@isro) September 22, 2021
14. Main Liquid Engine test successful.
#MarsOrbiter Main Liquid Engine test firing successful! pic.twitter.com/NDhL9vVWRs — ISRO (@isro) September 22, 2021
15. MOM enters the red planet.
What is red, is a planet and is the focus of my orbit? pic.twitter.com/HDRWjOcPus — ISRO’s Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 24, 2021
Congrats ISRO and MOM for creating history and making India proud!