India’s first Mars mission is over! Design Mangalyaan worked for 8 years for 6 months, now lost contact with ISRO

The Mars Mission, which took India and our space agency ISRO to new heights, has moved towards a happy ending. Nearly 8 years after entering Martian orbit, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) is reportedly running out of battery and fuel. The interesting thing is that Mangalyaan was sent for only 6 months, but it worked for 8 years. ISRO has lost contact with Mangalyaan and there is little hope of its restoration. However, an official statement is yet to come from ISRO in this regard.

Mangalyaan was launched on 5 November 2013. A total of Rs 450 crore was spent in this mission, which was very less according to such missions. The budget of the Mars mission was less than the Hollywood film Gravity. This mission took India’s space program to new heights. India had achieved this success in its first attempt itself and became the fourth country to do so.

Before India, this achievement was achieved by the Soviet Union, the American Space Agency NASA (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA). India became the first Asian country to have a successful mission to Mars. The missions of China and Japan, which had tried before India, were not successful, but India showed successful Mars mission at a very low cost.

According to the information given in the media by ISRO sources, ISRO was trying to increase the battery life of its Mangalyaan, but this could not be possible after several recent eclipses. Mangalyaan’s battery was designed with just 1 hour 40 minutes backup. She got discharged due to the eclipse for a long time. However, the big success is that the Mars Orbiter vehicle was designed with a capacity of only 6 months and it worked for 8 years.

When the Mars Orbiter Vehicle completed its 6-month journey, then ISRO had said that it would work for another 6 months, but the mission continued for 8 years. It gathered many great information for ISRO. Information about the Sun was also gathered from Mars and the picture of its moon Phobos was shown to the world.