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Thursday, September 25, 2014

India's Mars satellite 'Mangalyaan' sends first images

The first image of Mars taken by the Indian orbiter

India's space agency has released its first picture of Mars, taken by its satellite which entered orbit around the Red Planet on Wednesday.

"The view is nice up here," tweeted @isro. A handful of images have been sent by the Mangalyaan probe so far.

Part of its mission is to study the Martian atmosphere for signs of life.

It is the first time a maiden voyage to Mars has entered orbit successfully and it is the cheapest. Nasa's current Maven mission cost 10 times more.

Media in India have hailed the venture as a "historic achievement".

The Hindu newspaper reported that the probe "has beamed back about 10 pictures of the Red Planet's surface which show some craters".


Officials were quoted by the newspaper as saying the pictures were of "good quality".   Read more >>

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29357438?OCID=twitterasia
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