India’s Achievements in Space
India became the fourth country to reach Mars with Mangalyaan
Aryabhatta was the first satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in 1975. It was covered with solar cells, which generated electricity in sunlight.,
In the 80s, the Insat 1-B satellite helped spread TV signals all over India. It also became easier to forecast the weather using the images taken by this satellite.
India built its first spacecraft, Chandrayaan I, which orbited around the moon, in 2008.
In 2013, the Moon Impact Probe separated from Chandrayaan and reached the moon. India became the fourth country to put a device on the moon’s surface. The other three are the US, Soviet Russia and Japan.
Data sent from Chandrayaan helped proved that there was water on the moon. The moon probe took measurements to prepare for a rover to land on the moon. This mission is planned for 2016.
In 2013, India launched the Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan. It is set to enter Martian orbit on 24 September, 2014.
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