As scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up Mars Orbit Insertion tomorrow, their colleagues from the US space agency NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have sent wishes for the tomorrow’s crucial event.
Pictures of scientists from NASA, holding good luck signs and banners were placed in Isro’s Facebook page. It may be noted, on Sunday after a 10-month, 442 million mile journey, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) arrived in Mars orbit late Sunday.
NASA JPL representatives have said “Good Luck, MOM! From Your JPL Family !”
On September 22, Isro successfully conducted testing firing of the the Main Liquid Engine, which was in sleep mode for nearly 300 days.
Isro is now gearing up for Mars Orbit Insertion, which is scheduled on Wednesday morning. If it succeeds, Isro will be the first agency in the world to insert a spacecraft into the Martian orbit in a maiden attempt.
The state-run Isro will be the fourth space agency after National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US, Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) and European Space Agency to have undertaken a mission to Mars.
European, US and Russian probes have managed to orbit or land on the planet, but after several attempts. Of the total 51 mission, sent to Mars, only 21 were successful .