Indian spacecraft reaches planet Mars

25 Sep

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A father and his son look at information Tuesday about Mars at the Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)From the Washington Post in the USA:

India becomes first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, joins elite global space club

By Rama Lakshmi

September 24 at 2:55 AM

NEW DELHI — India became the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet when its indigenously made unmanned spacecraft entered the orbit of Mars on Wednesday — and the first nation in the world to successfully reach Mars on its first attempt.

The spacecraft called “Mangalyaan,” or “Mars craft” in Hindi, which was launched last November, slowed down just enough to reach orbit early Wednesday, securing India a place in the elite global space club of Martian explorers.

Images of beaming scientists clapping and hugging each other at the command center in the southern city of Bangalore were shown live in a nationally televised broadcast after a breathless, nail-biting countdown during the spacecraft’s final leg.

Over an hour after reaching…

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