India’s first Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaan’ enters orbit

India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, becoming the fourth nation to do so. The Mangalyaan robotic probe, one of the cheapest interplanetary missions ever, will soon begin work studying the Red Planet’s atmosphere. A 24-minute engine burn slowed the probe down enough to allow it to be captured by Mars’ gravity. …

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India’s Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24

Indian scientists and engineers work on the Mars orbiter spacecraft at the satellite center of Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India, on Sept. 11, 2013 (Photo Courtesy: Aijaz Rahi) India’s first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a …

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