Google Doodle to celebrate Mangalyaan’s one month in Mars orbit

Friday, Oct 24, 2014,16:48 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Google is celebrating Mangalyaan aka India’s Mars Orbiter’s one month in the Mars orbit with a simple doodle on its search page. The Indian Mars Orbiter entered the Mars orbit on 24 September, making India the first nation in the world to successfully launch a Mars mission in its maiden attempt.
Google doodles are usually dedicated to anniversaries or mark birthdays luminaries from various fields, this doodle is an extremely rare one. However this is not a global doodle and has been specially created for India.
With Mangalyaan’s launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) became the fourth international space agency after National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US, Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) and European Space Agency to undertake a mission to Mars.
Mangalyaan has five instruments aboard: a camera, two spectrometers, a radiometer and a photometer. It aims to understand the process by which water was lost on Mars, measure methane levels in the Martian atmosphere, map the surface, composition and mineralogy of Mars and take images of the Martian surface.
Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched 5 November, 2013, on board a polar rocket from the country’s only spaceport at Sriharikota off the Bay of Bengal, about 80 km northeast of Chennai.