India Goes to Mars!

India Goes to Mars!

India’s Mars Orbital Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, has left Earth orbit en route to the Red Planet. The unmanned probe, launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5th and is scheduled to reach and orbit Mars in September, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). India’s project cost $80.3 million, less than a sixth of NASA’s $455 million Mars probe. You can follow India’s Mars mission on Twitter: @Mangalyaan1


“Mangalyaan enters orbit to keep tryst with Mars,” Paul John, Times of India

“India spacecraft probe leaves Earth orbit on mission to Mars,” AFP via Sydney Morning Herald

“Indian probe begins journey to Mars,” BBC News

“India’s Martian Chronicles,” Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate


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