On Wednesday, the Indian Space and Research Organization has made history for India and the entire world by navigating their spacecraft in Mars’ orbit, a route known to very few. The scientists in India have described the last stages of Orbiter mission a great success, which marks a milestone for the space program for navigational, research and commercial satellites.
During the launch, the scientists in India were very delighted as the orbiter’s engines maneuvered the spacecraft into its designated place around the red planet for about 24 minutes. Many previous attempts by other countries have failed. The 23 out of 41 mission attempts have failed, including the recent 1999 attempt by the Japanese. This is a clear indication of how difficult the spaceship research has been the scientists.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was present at the launching event said, “We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation,” as he ecstatically feted the scientists from the Indian Space and Research Organization.
The Indian success in spaceship launch is a boost to its strong technical and scientific educational system. The developing country of about 1.2 billion people has managed to produce many doctors, engineers and software programmers, hence propelling many of its citizens into the middle class economy.
The United States Space Agency NASA, through a twitter message, congratulated the Indians welcoming MOM to study the red planet. The Americans were reportedly happy about India’s success and encouraged the Indian Space and Research Organization to do more research. As a pioneering country, the United States has had a series of success in spaceship navigation with the first success being witnessed in 1964 by Mariner 4. Other notable successes include the Former Soviet Union in 1971 and the European Space Agency in 2003.
The Indian 1350 kg (3000-pound) orbiter is set to circle around the planet for at least six months. During this period, the five solar-powered instruments mechanized into it will collect scientific data that will be used for future studies. For example, the collected information will help the scientists to explain the Martian weather systems and the large quantities of water that are believed to have existed in Mars.
In addition, the orbiter will search for Methane, a major chemical in life processes that comes from geological processes. The Indian fraternity has finally shown the world their ability to plan, manage, design and control a complicated deep-space mission and many are hoping for more inventions from them in the near future.