Reaching new heights ew
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.