MOM In Orbit.

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.

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NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft arrived on Sunday, and sent a congratulatory Twitter message welcoming MOM to Mars.
India was particularly proud that MOM was developed with homegrown technology and for a bargain price of about $75 million. NASA’s much larger Maven mission cost nearly 10 times as much, at $671 million.
Doing more with less.  That is an accomplishment to be proud of.  Congratulations India.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

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