Mangalyaan mission is dead! ISRO Mars Orbiter breaks Indian hearts; it was truly SPECIAL

ISRO has confirmed that the Mars Orbiter is now non-recoverable and the Mangalyaan mission is dead. But what made this tech marvel so special?

| Updated on: Oct 04 2022, 12:52 IST
Awesome NASA photo of Mars- Just check it out
1/5 This amazing image of Mars with blue ripples reveals the secret of the red planet’s winds, says NASA. (NASA)
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2/5 NASA wrote in the image’s post ““There are tiny ripples on the tops of the dunes, only several feet from crest-to-crest. These merge into larger mega-ripples about 30 feet apart that radiate outward from the dunes. The larger, brighter formations that are roughly parallel are called "Transverse Aeolian Ridges" (TAR). These TAR are covered with very coarse sand”. (NASA)
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3/5 “All of these different features can indicate which way the wind was blowing when they formed. Being able to study such a variety so close together allows us to see their relationships and compare and contrast features to examine what they are made of and how they formed,” NASA further added. (NASA)
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4/5 According to NASA, the blue colour was not added for effect but had an important reason behind it. On the right side the ripples appear in blue-green color while on the left side, it appears in bright blue because the wind is blowing faster on the left side of the image and the TAR appears in bright color. On the right side, the slower moving wind gives it an ocean green color. (NASA)
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5/5 Just a month ago, NASA’s Mars Rover reported dust whirlwinds on Mars, known as Dust Devils. These whirlwinds got as big as 4 square kilometers and occurred multiple times a day. Therefore, to study the wind patterns, NASA added the blue colour to study the changing wind patterns on the red planet. (NASA)
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As the Mangalyaan mission is declared dead by ISRO, know why India loved the Mars Orbiter. (HT_PRINT)

On October 3, the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) broke the hearts of 1.2 billion Indians when it revealed that the Mars Orbiter has lost communication with the ground station and with its current non-recoverable state, the Mangalyaan mission has been brought to an end. The orbiter was in its eighth year (7 years, 6 months, 8 days), which had extended its original mission timeline by seven years. Yet, the death of Mangalyaan has saddened many who were looking forward to celebrating the eighth anniversary of the mission. So, why was the Mangalyaan mission so loved in India? And what milestones and firsts did this tech marvel reach? Read on to find out.

A look back towards the Mangalyaan Mission

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), which is popularly known as Mangalyaan, was launched on November 5, 2013. It was sent aboard a PSLV-C25 rocket (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota Range SHAR), Andhra Pradesh. The craft stayed in the Earth's orbit for a month and finally moved to Mars' orbit in September 2014.

The mission was an incredibly important one for India as ISRO had a limited budget for the spacecraft and if the first one failed, it did not have enough to build another one. As a result, a lot of focus was given towards the feasibility of the mission and various studies were conducted.

The primary objective of the mission was to develop the technologies required for designing, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. Secondary objectives included exploring Mars' surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments.

The mission also created multiple milestones, which brought it closer to the hearts of Indians. The Mangalyaan mission was India's first-ever planetary mission. India also became the first Asian country to conduct such a mission. It also made India the only nation in the world which successfully launched a Mars mission in the first attempt. Finally, this was the least expensive mission to Mars in the world. It highlighted the cost-effectiveness of ISRO.

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First Published Date: 04 Oct, 12:39 IST