Counting the Mangalyaan Mission or the Mars Orbiter Mission as one of the biggest and proudest achievements of India won’t be untrue. ‘MOM’ proved that India is capable of achieving things which many countries are still dreaming of. In fact, with the mission, India proved to the world that it can achieve the ‘same targets’ with rather greater efficiency.
The Mangalyaan space probe was launched on 5th of November 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre and it has been orbiting Mars since 24th of September 2014.
Perhaps most of you know about the mission and itsy-bitsy details related to it. However, here we are with some interesting facts that are sure to drop your jaw.
- India is the only country to reach the Martian orbit in the very first attempt. It deployed the spacecraft at its decided position with full accuracy.
- The total cost of the mission was INR 450 crore which is less than the budget of ‘Gravity’ – a 2013 Hollywood movie. So, in other words, one can assume that real life space missions are more ‘economical’ as compared to Sci-Fi Hollywood movies! 😛
- The weight of the orbiter is just 1,350 Kg, which is less than that of a sports utility vehicle (SUV). Surprising, isn’t it?
- The cumulative weight of all the scientific equipment present on the probe is just 15 kg. All these instruments and equipment help in studying the planet’s atmosphere and its surface (along with the mineralogy).
- The mission made ISRO the 4th agency in the world to have successfully inserted a spacecraft in the orbit of Mars. The other three are ESA, NASA, and Roscosmos.
- Mangalyaan has methane sensors attached to it. Thus, if it detects methane in the atmosphere, it will prove the presence of the most elementary forms of life on Mars.
- The whole of the orbiter manufacturing process took a mere 15 months; while, NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Orbiter) took a whopping five years to complete.
- Mars is about 670 million kilometers from Earth. Considering the same, the cost of the ride per kilometer of Mangalyaan is INR 6.7- less than what auto-rickshaws charge their customers!
Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal — being referred to as India’s first space movie — will hit the theatres tentatively in the latter half of 2019. The film will also star Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Taapsee Pannu, Sharman Joshi and Nithya Menen.