"ISRO's Humble Beginnings to Stellar Achievements: A Journey of Space Exploration for Humanity"

"अध्येयं सर्वभूतेभ्यः" - "Expanding Knowledge for the Benefit of All Beings,"

Suraj Thokal

7/26/20232 min read

ISRO- Indian Space Research Organization, India

For those unfamiliar with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), this article aims to shed light on the remarkable achievements of India's space agency. ISRO is the space agency of the Government of India. The agency is known for its missions that use space technology in National interest and is considered the sixth largest space agency in the world. The agency's dedication to self-reliance and cost-effectiveness has been one of its defining features.

ISRO's story begins with humble origins, as evidenced by pictures of satellites being transported on bicycles and bullock carts. Despite limited funds, ISRO's unwavering passion for space exploration has always overcome any obstacles in its path. The agency has come an incredibly long way since then, from launching its first satellite, Aryabhata, with Russia's assistance to now aspiring to send Indian astronauts into space.

Stellar Achievements:

Chandrayaan-1 - Launched in 2008- Approximately $47 million

- Achievement: Discovered water molecules in the moon’s soil.

2. Mangalyaan- Mission on Mars (MOM)- Approximately $25 million

- Achievement: First Asian country and the only country to reach to the Mars in 1st attempt.

3. World Record 104 - Approximately $15 million

- Achievement: Launched highest numbers of (104) satellites in one launch.

4. Chandrayaan 2 & 3 - Launched in 2019 & 2023- Approximately $119 million & $74 million

- Achievement: First country to land on the moon’s south pole. (In process)

5. Reusable Launch Vehicle - 2023

- Achievement: Tested Successfully RLV.

Future Endeavors:

1. Aditya L1 - Planned for 28th August 2023 - $47 million

- Purpose: A solar mission to study the Sun's corona, solar emissions, and the solar magnetic field.

2. Gaganyaan Mission - Planned for 2024 - Estimated at around $1 billion

- Purpose: India's first indigenous manned spaceflight mission, sending Indian astronauts to space.

3. Venus Mission - Planned

- Purpose: An exploration mission to study the Venus.

4. Mars Orbiter Mission 2 (Mangalyaan 2) - Planned

- Purpose: A follow-up mission to Mars to continue studying the Red Planet.

As ISRO continues to reach for the stars and contribute to humanity's understanding of the universe, let us acknowledge and celebrate its stellar accomplishments that have put India on the world map of space exploration. The legacy of ISRO will undoubtedly inspire generations to come, fostering a spirit of curiosity and innovation for the betterment of our world.

"अध्येयं सर्वभूतेभ्यः" (Adhyeyam Sarva Bhutebhyah)

This Sanskrit line translates to "Expanding Knowledge for the Benefit of All Beings," which encapsulates ISRO's dedication to advancing space technology and exploration for the betterment of humanity and the world.

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