|Launch Date||Nov. 5, 2013 | 09:08 UT|
|Launch Site||Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India|
|Alternate Names||Mangalyaan, Mars Craft, 39370, 2013-060A|
India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)—or Mangalyaan (Hindi for "Mars Craft")—is the country's first mission to the Red Planet. The mission aims to test key technologies for interplanetary exploration and to use its five science instruments to study the Martian surface and atmosphere from orbit.
The mission arrived safely in Mars orbit—completing the technology test. The primary science mission is underway.
Nov. 5, 2013 | 09:08 UT: Launch
Sept. 23, 2014 | 1:47:32 UT: Mars Orbit Insertion
Launch Vehicle: PSLV
Spacecraft Mass: 1,075 pounds (488 kilograms)
Mars Color Camera
Lyman Alpha Photometer
Thermal Imaging Spectrometer
Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer
Methane Sensor for Mars