Mission Mangal: The real story behind MOM

Ever thought about what the image on the reverse side of RBI’s INR 2000 bank note represents? Well, it’s time to explore the story behind the image which serves as a testament of India’s glorious venture into the interplanetary space. With ‘Mission Mangal’ starring Akshay Kumar all set to release on Independence Day 2019, the incredible story behind India’s interplanetary mission to Mars is all set to inform and inspire us about one of the greatest scientific achievements of ISRO since its establishment. 

Recently, ISRO successfully launched Chandrayaan 2 in the hopes of becoming the fourth nation in the world to land a rover on the moon. But, long before this lunar expedition, the organization set course for exploring the uncharted territory of the Red Planet. This ambitious exploration project was brought to fruitful execution by a bunch of dedicated scientists, mostly women, who somehow managed to balance their personal as well as professional lives amidst all the jolts and setbacks which is compellingly brought to big screen in the upcoming space exploration movie ‘Mission Mangal’, slated to hit cinemas on 15th August 2019! 

Counting down to the release of Mission Mangal, let us remember the real story behind the planning, preparation and above all, the committed people behind Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) who made an entire nation proud.

Mission Mangal: First interplanetary mission ever

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Launched from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in November 2013, MOM was the first interplanetary mission ever to be commissioned by ISRO and the probe placed itself into the Martian orbit in September 2014. An incredible story for generations to come, Mission Mangal is the first Indian space exploration movie which explores the journey behind MOM and is sure to win hearts everywhere.

Did you know: With the success of MOM, ISRO became the fourth space agency to successfully send a spacecraft to Mars orbit, after Roscosmos, NASA, and the European Space Agency.

Mission Mangal: One-of-its-kind space exploration

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The total cost of the Mangalyaan Mission was around INR 450 crores and ISRO received much appreciation for its cost-effectiveness. The project was also highly praised for its problem-solving techniques such as miniaturisation of the five payloads/ scientific instruments.

With the movie ‘Mission Mangal’, the production team faced the challenge of designing the ISRO workstation, main control room since security concerns prevented the film from being shot at ISRO. The crew visited the organization and returned with all the research material which ultimately helped them in creating the set as well as miniature models of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. 

Did you know: The five payloads for MOM were Mars Colour Camera MCC), Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), and Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP).

Mission Mangal: Collaboration of remarkable women scientists

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Consider managing a home along with working on a space project which aims at sending a space probe orbiting Mars. This seemingly impossible task was carried out by a dedicated group of women scientists at ISRO namely Ritu Karidhal (Deputy Operations Director), Moumita Datta (Project Manager), Nandini Harinath (Deputy Operations Director) and Anuradha TK (Geosat Program Director).

Mission Mangal marks a collaboration of 5 incredible actresses who portray the real-life heroes behind the Mangalyaan project. The ensemble cast includes Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen in pivotal roles.

Mission Mangal: Economical, effective and efficient

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One of the primary objectives of the mission was to get the spacecraft to Mars with the minimum amount of fuel possible. ISRO used the ‘Hohmann Transfer Orbit’ or the ‘Minimum Energy Transfer Orbit’ method in order to accomplish the nearly impossible task. With the success of MOM, India became the first Asian nation to reach Martian orbit and the first country to do so in its first attempt.

Did you Know: Even though the designed MOM life was six months, the satellite completed 1000 days in its orbit in June 2017 and relayed back science data from Mars. 

Mission Mangal: The countdown begins!

On the occasion of ISRO’s 50th anniversary this Independence Day 2019, Mission Mangal is all set to inspire us with one of its most remarkable achievements over the years. Akshay Kumar, along with his passionate team, is ready to take us on a riveting tale behind Mangalyaan, India’s first interplanetary mission. Watch the trailer here.

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