India’s goal is to become the fourth nation or group of nations on the Earth to reach the red planet. India will soon launch a spacecraft called Mangalyaan, which translates to “Mars Craft” in Hindi. If they are successful, India will become the fourth nation to reach Mars. The Soviet Union, US, and a European conglomerate of countries have already accomplished this feat.
The country sees its mission mainly as a technology demonstration and what they accomplish with this mission technology wise may be able to provide solutions for things right here on Earth. They do realize that success on the first go is very unlikely. All one has to do is look at the current track record. About 23 out of 40 missions intended to reach Mars by countries around the world have failed.
Japan and China are among those countries with failed missions. The Indian spacecraft will launch on Tuesday from the Indian space Center on the island of Shriharikota. If all goes well, the mission will take 300 days and it will orbit Mars where it will survey the planet’s geology and atmosphere. We wish them luck. This mission is very tricky business.
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