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India enters Martian orbit in maiden attempt, makes history
Wednesday September 24, 2014 8:24 AM, IANS

India Wednesday made history by becoming the first country in the world to enter the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt.

“The spacecraft (Orbiter) was successfully inserted into the Martian orbit at 515 km away from the red planet’s surface and 215 million km away from the earth in radio distance,” a senior space official told IANS at the mission’s control centre.

Earlier, the MOM changed over to medium gain antenna and its forward rotation got started.

After rotating the Orbiter towards Mars, the main engine will be fired 24 minutes from Mars to enter the Martian orbit, which will be about 500 km from its surface and 215 million km away from the Earth in radio distance.

Prime Minister applauded the move terming the achivement wchi was 'near impossible'.

We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near impossible, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India's Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered the Mars orbit.

"History has been created today," said Modi here amidst applause.

Modi said: "We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near impossible."

He congratulated Indians and ISRO scientists for the success, despite the constraint of resources.

We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise, said the prime minister.

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