There is no dearth in saying that the Mangalyaan Mission or the Mars Orbiter Mission is one of the biggest and proudest achievements of India. The mission proved that India has the capacity to achieve many things which is still a dream to several other countries. In fact, with this feat, our nation proved to the world that we can achieve more with rather greater efficiency.

The Mangalyaan space probe was launched on 5th of November 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre and it has been orbiting Mars since 24th of September 2014. Here are some interesting facts about our ambitious mission mangal.

  • Our nation is the only country to reach the Martian orbit in the very first endeavour. It deployed the spacecraft at its decided position with full accuracy.
  • The total cost of Mission Mangal was Rs. 450 crore which is surprisingly lesser than the budget of the Hollywood movie‘Gravity. So, our Mission Mangal was more economical than the ScI-Fi Hollywood movies.
  • The total weight of the orbiter is just 1,350 Kg, which is lesser than the weight of any average SUV.
  • Such an immense mission made ISRO the top 4th agency in the world to have successfully launched a spacecraft in the orbit of Mars; following ESA, NASA, and Roscosmos.
  • The Mangalyaan has methane sensors fixed with it. Hence, if it detects methane in the atmosphere, it will ensure the existence of the most elementary forms of life on Mars.
  • Believe it or not, the whole of the orbiter manufacturing process took only15 months; whereas, NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Orbiter) took a staggering five years to complete.

Being referred to as India’s first space movie, Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal will hit the theatres on the 15th August . The movie will also star Sonakshi Sinha,Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and Sharman Joshi .

This Independence Day, Mission Mangal will explore a landmark episode in Indian history. The movie will show the real-life story of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Mars Orbiter Mission while celebrating the power of the women scientists who contributed for the project.

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