Mangalyaan: The Maiden Mission to Mars

Four years after Chandrayaan, here we are, with another  endeavour to reach the skies and delve beyond into the galaxy of darkness to find light, rather, life. Mangalyaan, India’s mission to Mars launched at 2:38 PM on November 5th is a giant leap in the technological advancement of the nation and this is without taking into consideration the fact that it cost one sixth of the Mars probe NASA is sending out 13 days from now. The satellite would be put in the earth bound orbit 48 minutes from the take off and will be orbiting the earth till December 1st to gain enough velocity to breakthrough.

Maiden ventures in Mars missions have not been very successful in the past and thus, failure case studies took a major role in correcting and shaping the PSLV. The PSLV is said to reach the orbit by 14th September, 2014. Meaningful experiments scientific experiments are formulated to be conducted on the Red Planet. All last minute requirements were appropriately taken care of despite the delay in the date of the launch due to bad weather. Indians as we are, the spiritual factor was not left out either.

Chandrayaan technology was also employed in the making of Mangalyaan. The solar powered instruments will give us necessary information about the weather conditions of Mars and how it works, how did the water, once believed to exist, disappear. Lithium-ion batteries which were charged on Monday, 4th November, are meant to provide backup power supply to the rocket incase the solar power supply dies out.  Methane will be looked for by the launch vehicle, to show signs of past or future life on the planet.

The festival of lights has been days of absolute and complete effort by the greatest minds in our country, and they can celebrate now, the achievement of adventure, of technology and rocket science.

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