Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Kadri

Mission Mars India's Quest For the Red Planet by Ajey Lele

Rating 8/10

November 5th is the date when the first Indian Mars mission Mangalyaan is set to launch after having been rescheduled last week.

"Mission Mars" is a short but good introduction to the mission's architecture, goals and background.

However it is not like any other book about a satellite or spacecraft, as it has a lot of material that is related to the subject, but is of more general interest than maybe the mission itself would be.

So even though one can find out that some of it's scientific objectives include studying the topography, morphology and mineralogy of Mars surface features and the composition of the Martian atmosphere and also what kind of instruments it will be using for doing so, then there are some added gems in this book.

For example if you've never heard about something called the "Asian Space Race" , then this book would illuminate you a little. Did you know that Israel has announced that they would not be aiming at Mars in the near future while Japan, China and India are the three countries in Asia that have shown interest in Mars missions this far.

Japan launched a Mars mission called Nozomi in 1998, but that failed during the Mars insertion phase.
China attempted its first Mars mission with the Yinghuo-1 Mars orbiter, which was launched together with the Russian craft Phobos-Grunt, but the launcher failed and so didn't give the Chinese orbiter a chance to prove itself.

So now it will be ISRO's (Indian Space Research Organization) turn to have a go at Mars.

This brief book is in a way also an overview of why go to Mars at all and also why India decided on a Mars mission after their successful Chandrayaan mission. And for that Lele also describes the conditions on Mars and some of the other future mission to Mars that will be launch either in this launch window or the next one.

So despite being only 125 pages long it's surprisingly detailed and thorough. I found it a really enjoyable book.

Labels: , ,

Skywatch    News    Pictures    Videos    Events    Northern Lights    NASA    ESA    ISS    Jupiter    Curiosity    Mars    Moon    Lyrids    Super Moon    Venus Transit    Book Review    Games   
Upcoming Events
Submit your Photos
Have you taken interesting photo of the night sky and would like to share it with us?
Send in your photos to below email, with as much details possible relating to the photo. has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy.

Information we collect:
We may log IP addresses and/or drop cookies to prevent abuse of our website and/or to enhance services.

Third Party Advertising:
Ads appearing on this website, are delivered to you by Google Adsense and other third-party advertising companies.

Information about your visit to this site, such as number of times you have viewed an ad (but not your name, address, or other personal information), is used to serve ads to you on this site. These third parties and or may be placing and reading cookies on your browser to collect information, in the course of ads being served.

You may manage your cookies via your web browser and if you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please click here

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site.

Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Advertisers and Third Party Cookies :
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party ad server, Google Adsense, intergi, or individual advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Cookies received with banner ads are collected by our ad company, and we do not have access to this information.

External Links: contains links to other sites. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.