Google doodle celebrates Mangalyaan's one month in Mars' orbit
Google celebrated Mangalyaan aka India\'s Mars Orbiter\'s one month in the Mars orbit with a simple doodle on its search page on Friday.
Google celebrated Mangalyaan aka India's Mars Orbiter's one month in the Mars orbit with a simple doodle on its search page on Friday. The Indian Mars Orbiter entered the Mars orbit on September 24, making India the first nation in the world to successfully launch a Mars mission in its maiden attempt.
Google doodles are usually dedicated to anniversaries or mark birthdays luminaries from various fields, this doodle is an extremely rare one. However this is not a global doodle and has been specially created for India.
With Mangalyaan's launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) became the fourth international space agency after National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US, Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) and European Space Agency to undertake a mission to Mars.
It was also one of the cheapest Mars missions to have been undertaken so far as it cost only $74 million. Mangalyaan carried with it five scientific instruments which will be used to will study the Martian surface and its mineral composition and scan its atmosphere for methane gas.
Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched November 5, 2013, on board a polar rocket from the country's only spaceport at Sriharikota off the Bay of Bengal, about 80 km northeast of Chennai.