Reach­ing new heights ew

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Hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to In­dia for the suc­cess­ful in­ser­tion of its first Mars mis­sion into the Red Planet’s or­bit. The achieve­ment is im­por­tant for a num­ber of rea­sons. Firstly, In­dia has be­come the first coun­try to suc­cess­fully launch its mis­sion to Mars in the first at­tempt. This has never been done be­fore. In Novem­ber 2013, the U.S. had also sent a Mars mis­sion named Maven just a few days after the MOM took off. How­ever, Maven en­tered the Mar’s or­bit ahead of the MOM. But there is a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween the price tags of both mis­sions. The mis­sion cost of MOM is set at $74 mil­lion, one-ninth of the $671 mil­lion Maven mis­sion's price tag.

But it is good to know that both mis­sions will col­lab­o­rate with each other on in­for­ma­tion shar­ing. Maven will study Mars' up­per at­mos­phere while MOM will mon­i­tor the planet's weather, take color pic­tures of the sur­face and map the planet's min­eral com­po­si­tion. It is hoped that to­gether the two space­crafts will col­lect in­for­ma­tion about Mars that will help us un­der­stand the planet bet­ter.

Su­jata Mishra

Chit­tagong, Bangladesh

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