ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is the official space agency of India. Recently, ISRO launched the Chandrayaan 2 which is bound to be a successful mission as one of the biggest space exploration missions in ISRO’s history. Another famous and one of the biggest missions that defined the brilliance of ISRO was the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
The goal of the mission was to orbit a satellite called the Mangalyaan around planet Mars. Mangalyaan was launched on November 5, 2013 and has been orbiting planet Mars since September 4, 2014. The mission was successful and proved to be a name-maker for ISRO in the whole world. Not only was the mission revolutionary, but a lot of people got motivation from ISRO as they accomplished the mission in their first attempt and with a budget much less than that of NASA’s Mars mission (the Mars rover).
However, not many people know about the struggles of scientists, engineers, and technicians involved in the Mars Orbiter Mission. They had to work extra hard due to limited funding and an insufficient budget for a mission that grand. The real story of the Mars Orbiter Mission has now been released for the world to see with the latest Bollywood movie Mission Mangal starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, and many greats of Indian cinema.
The movie was released on August 15, 2019 (Indian Independence Day) and has since proved to be a blockbuster hit by portraying the real-life story of the events of the Mars Orbiter Mission and the struggles and challenges faced by the people involved. Although the characters are fictional, the story is real and does a great job in portraying the triumph of the Mars Orbiter Mission team over the challenging mission.
I won’t get into the story because the movie is a must-watch. The thing that we need to grab on to is the sheer motivation and inspiration that we can draw from the story. The budget of the mission was only ₹400 crore (approximately $56 million). The budget might not seem less to us but when compared to the budget of NASA’s Mars mission ($703 million), it’s clear why ISRO had to face numerous challenges.
The team involved in the mission really had to face a lot of challenges because of the low budget and insufficient fundings. In spite of all this, the team of the Mars Orbiter Mission made the impossible happen on November 5, 2013. The mission proved to be successful and made it possible for ISRO to commence their research on Mars.
The main reasons for the success of this mission are pure hard work, sheer determination, and the undying zeal to achieve a goal that is considered unachievable by many. And that’s exactly what we must learn from the whole team of the Mars Orbiter Mission. Mission Mangal is a brilliant movie and it beautifully portrays the inspirational and motivational story of the Mars Orbiter Mission team.
If we apply these simple principles to our lives, nothing will be impossible. We just need to find our passion and then give each and every inch of our heart, body, and mind to achieve our goals based on that passion.
Note: This article was first published here.