India to Mars: Mangalyaan First Image

The Mars orbiter mission got the first image of red planet Mars in 12 hours after entering into its orbit. The spacecraft sent the first image from the neighboring planet Mars. According to CNN IBN report, the Mangalyaan sent five photographs of Mars, tweeted from ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Twitter account. 

On Wednesday the Mangalyaan entered to the Mars orbit and made the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet and the first country to achieve the feat in its maiden attempt. The cost of the mission is less than the budget of the Hollywood movie “Gravity”.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) cost is $74 million (45.29 million pounds) where as US Space agency NASA spent a newly arrived MAVEN Mars mission is about $671 millions. With this success, India is joined with the United States, Russia and Europe in successful sending probes to orbit or land on MARS.

Chinese spacecraft also tried on 2011 but that was failed. 

Signs of Life:
After completing the 666 million Kilometers (414 million miles) journey in more than 10 months, the spacecraft MOM will study the Red Planet’s surface and scan its atmosphere for chemical methane. ISRO will be operating FIVE Scientific instruments to gather data. Said ISRO’s scientific secretary, V. Koteswara Rao. 

The expected life of the MOM is only 6 months, after which it will run off the fuel and be unable to maintain in the orbit. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he wants to expand India's five-decade-old space programme. The technological triumph is fortuitously timed for him - he will be able to flaunt it on a trip to the United States starting on Friday.

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