Mis­sion Mars

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

In­dia be­came the first na­tion to suc­ceed in its first at­tempt to send a space­craft to Mars when its probe Mars Or­biter Mis­sion, known as Man­galyaan in Hindi, ex­e­cuted its 24-minute en­gine burn suc­cess­fully, en­ter­ing into the Mars or­bit. The MOM was launched from In­dia's Satish Dhawan Space Cen­ter in Novem­ber 2013.

The news sparked con­grat­u­la­tions from around the world. On re­ceiv­ing the con­fir­ma­tion, In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi de­clared, "His­tory has been cre­ated to­day. We have dared to reach out into the un­known, and have achieved the near im­pos­si­ble." MOM's suc­cess will give a boost to In­dia's sta­tus as a tech­no­log­i­cal power.

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