This morning, the Indian Space Research Organization successfully launched their first Mars space mission.
The ‘Mangalyaan’ (Mars Orbiter) was launched on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota, on the Andhra Pradesh coast, at 14.38 Indian time.
The launch is significant for more than just India’s space program. This is another example of a ‘low cost’ space launch vehicle that can achieve great scientific results. Although some are comparing the $73 million cost of this mission to the $2.5 Billion ‘Curiosity’ mission to Mars, it isn’t a fair comparison.
India’s mission to Mars is to place a satellite into orbit. That costs a lot less than landing a school bus on the red planet. However, future missions around the world can benefit from the lessons learned from India.
As the launch success was confirmed the shout of “Buriah!” (brilliant) was heard from the control center. I heartily agree.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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