India has successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars.
The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, marks an historic first for the fledgling Indian space program.
Reaching Mars is a feat that only three other entities (NASA, ESA, and the Soviet Union) have successfully completed. More than half of the previous 41 missions arrived, 23 failed.
However, India “is likely to be somewhat limited because we can’t afford to spend that much money in pure science exploration and in an exercise of the imagination,” said D. Raghunandan of the Delhi Science Forum, a group that promotes the study of science.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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