Here are 8 reasons why India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just amazing, which will make each us proud about it:
- The Mangalyaan mission cost India $73 million (~Rs.450 crores) which is even cheaper than an eight lane bridge in Mumbai which cost $340 million.
- In real terms, when distributed over the population of 1.2 billion, every Indian has contributed Rs.4 per towards the mission.
- The orbiter weighs 1,350-kg, which is even less than the weight of an average sports utility vehicle
- The manufacturing of Mangalyaan took 15 months while NASA took five years to complete MAVEN.5.
- Mangalyaan is the first spacecraft to be launched outside the Earth’s sphere of influence by ISRO in its entire history of 44 years.
- ISRO will be the fourth space agency in the world after National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US, Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) and European Space Agency to have successfully undertaken a mission to Mars.
- Considering that Mars is about 670 million kilometers from the Earth, the cost of the ride works out to about Rs.6.7 per kilometre – cheaper than what even autorickshaws charge anywhere in India!
- Mangalyaan will observe the environment of Mars and look for various elements like methane (marsh gas), which is a possible indicator of life. It will also look for Deuterium-Hydroden ratio and other neutral constants.
Wishing you all an inspired Monday and a good week ahead!