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India Puts Spacecraft Into Martian Orbit: 'We Have Prevailed


"With today’s spectacular success, ISRO joins an elite group, of only 3 other agencies worldwide to have successfully reached red planet."

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has triumphed in its first interplanetary attempt by successfully putting a satellite into orbit around Mars.

Scientists broke into wild cheers Wednesday morning as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet.

The success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, brings India into an elite club of Martian explorers that includes United States, the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union.

The Indian Space and Research Organisation described the mission as flawless.

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