A date with Mars

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

With Man­galyaan en­ter­ing the Mar­tian or­bit suc­cess­fully in its maiden at­tempt, In­dia has not only cre­ated his­tory but also joined the elite club of na­tions to reach the red planet ("Test drive to Mars", Novem­ber 16-30, 2013). It is a mat­ter of pride that In­dia stands at par with the US and Rus­sia in the in­ter­plan­e­tary mis­sion. One must hail the un­tir­ing ef­forts of the sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers at the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion who have been tak­ing care of the most minute de­tails of the Mars Or­biter Mis­sion since it was launched in Novem­ber last year. Even more sur­pris­ing is the eco­nom­i­cal cost at which the com­plex mis­sion was de­vel­oped com­pared to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

K R SRINI­VASAN

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