One year of Mangalyaan: National Geographic to premier documentary on India’s Mars mission

PTI
Published Nov 5, 2015, 7:19 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 5:37 am IST
The MOM, was launched on November 5 in 2013 by Indian Space Research Organisation
Mars Orbiter Mission (Representational Image)
 Mars Orbiter Mission (Representational Image)

New Delhi: On the anniversary of the launch of one of the most successful space mission to Mars, the National Geographic Channel is set to premiere a documentary on the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also known as Mangalyaan.

The MOM, was launched on November 5 in 2013 by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and entered the orbit of the red planet on September 24, 2014. The documentary produced by Miditech captures its enthralling journey of over 650 million kilometeres.

 

In its most daring missions to date, India successfully sent a spacecraft to orbit around Mars, making it the fourth space agency in the world and the first Asian country, to successfully send a mission to the red planet. And they did this in record time, choosing a unique route and on a shoe-string budget, pulling off what is now globally recognised as the cheapest ride to Mars!

So how did the (ISRO) scientists, with no previous experience in sending an inter planetary mission, design, develop and successfully launch and navigate Mangalyaan through space? What were the hurdles they faced and what out of the box solutions did they come up with to address those challenges? Using a combination of live action, expert interviews, archive footage and graphic representations the film captures the tension and drama points of the space mission.

 

Written and directed by Pria Somiah Alva along with Associate Director and researcher Shivani Muthanna, the documentary brings unique access to ISRO's Mars Mission Team. The documentary also focus on the salient features of the mission, all the drama, excitement, last minute preparations, the countdown and the successful launch.

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