Achieving orbit on their first attempt, India can commemorate their achievements
Mangalyaan (India’s spacecraft) launched on November 5th, 2013 and reached Mars on the 24th of September 2014 at 7:17 a.m. ‘Indian Standard Time’. It only took 23 minutes to enter the orbit of Mars.
India has shown NASA how a trip to Mars can be achieved on a smaller budget. Does this mean ‘The Mars One Foundation‘ can achieve their mission to Mars on a revised budget?
A few facts
- Mangalyaan is also known as the Mars Craft.
- Mangalyaan is expected to run out of fuel in six months.
- Mangalyaan is a 3000 pound spacecraft.
- Takes 23 minutes to enter the orbit of Mars.
- 21 of 51 attempts to reach Mars have been successful.
So what does this mean for the future of space travel for India? After this successful deployment to Mars, I presume there will be a lot of future missions planned. Reputedly this voyage has cost less than the Hollywood movie Gravity; I want to reiterate they stayed in LEO ‘Low Earth Orbit’.
‘A low Earth orbit is an orbit around the Earth with an altitude between 160 kilometers and 2,000 kilometers’.
I want to give a big shout out to India and a well done from me for achieving what many over the years have stated is impossible.