Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh: India’s first mission to Mars Mangalyaan blasted off this afternoon i.e, on 11th Oct, 2013 from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, India. At 450 crores, the budget is one-sixth of what NASA is spending on a Mars probe to be launched in 13 days.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan meaning Mars-craft is a Mars orbiter that was successfully launched on 5th November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The Mission is primarily technological mission aiming to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. The main objectives of the Mars mission are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around the planet and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, taking pictures of Mars and studying the Martian environment.
The Mars Orbiter Mission probe lifted-off from First Launch Pad at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C-25 at 2:38 PM IST (9:08 UTC) on November 5, 2013. The launch window available is for about 20 days starting 28 October. The official countdown for blast-off of the Indian orbiter, nicknamed “Mangalyaan”, began at 06:08 am on November 3, 2013 and ended with the successful completion of the automatic launch sequence and launch of the PSLV C-25 rocket. This is India’s first mission to Mars. (Source: Wikipedia)