I am feeling so proud and happy while writing this; The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) informally known as Mangalyaan has been successfully launched today into Orbit of Mars. It’s a historic moment for all of us making India the first country in the world to enter orbit of Mars in its maiden attempt.
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has become the fourth space agency in the world to reach Mars along with Soviet Space program, NASA and European Space Agency. Mangalyaan was launched on 5th November 2013 (originally it was going to be launched on 28th October 2013 but got delayed due to some technical glitch).
Social Media is flooded with so many messages congratulating our scientist and all those involved in the successful launch. Even our PM, Mr. Narendra Modi personally congratulated all of them. It’s indeed a proud moment for all of us.
The Mangalyaan completed its journey in the lowest cost ever made by any country. The estimated figure of cost for this mission was Rs.4.54 million (approx US$74 million) which is less than the total cost for making any Hollywood movie. If one counts the cost per km then it comes slightly over Rs.11 per km or in other words cheaper than what auto rickshaws charge are in Mumbai. If you go more deeply in calculating then the overall cost of the project is equivalent to a contribution of Rs.4 (four) per head from every Indian. So one can imagine how with a miniature budget our scientist have made this mission possible.
Kudos to ISRO and all those directly or indirectly involved for making the MOM successful. India has so much potential resources that if used in a better way then we are just unstoppable.