India successfully launched its first ever mission to Mars today, for a 10 month-long voyage to the Red Planet. It will study the Martian atmosphere and searching for methane after achieving orbit. Image © ISRO
Top image: Blastoff of the Indian developed Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Nov. 5, 2013 from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
Above: The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), designed and developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), will act as a technology demonstrator, to show that India can design, build, launch, and execute that kind of mission.
The mission will last 300 days and it will orbit Mars to survey the planet’s geology and atmosphere.