Mangalyaan:  A Successful Chapter in Indian Space Exploration

By Priyanka Mehta

October 08, 2022

For the First Time

Mangalyaan recognises India as the first Asian country to reach Mars' orbit, after Roscosmos, NASA, and the European Space Agency.

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Survived a Long Journey

Mangalyaan arrived in orbit after a 300-day marathon covering over 670 million kilometres.

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Outlived its Life

India's Mars orbiter craft passed about eight years in its orbit, well beyond its designed mission life of six months.

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Designed to Inform

Mangalyaan was developed to demonstrate technology, achieve designing, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission.

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Explored Outer Space

Mangalyaan collected data on the Martian landscape including surface geology, morphology, atmospheric processes, surface temperature, and atmospheric escape processes.

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Successful Space Tech Demonstration

Technological demonstration of space instruments came to reality with Mangalyaan. Instruments included Mars Colour Camera (MCC), Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS), and Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), among others.

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Interesting Space Studies

Using space instruments, Mangalyaan studied the dynamic events and weather of Mars. We could measure thermal emissions all the time and map the surface and mineral composition of Mars, levels of Methane (CH4), map neutral composition in the exosphere and more.

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Thank You Mangalyaan

Eight years later, the mission is now over. ISRO declared the end of the most successful mission on October 2, 2022, declaring Mangalyaan as non-recoverable due to lack of fuel.

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Always an Inspiration

Looking at the success Mangalyaan achieved, India is planning to launch a mission to study the Sun and planet Venus. We are making headway to launch Chandrayaan-3 to the Moon alongside other astronaut missions.

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