Mangalyaan's photo of Red Planet appears in National Geographic cover

India's maiden mission to Mars, which completed three years in orbit this week, has found place on the cover of the venerable National Geographic magazine, known for its high quality images.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Nov 20, 2016, 02:55 AM IST
Mangalyaan's photo of Red Planet appears in National Geographic cover

New Delhi: Mangalyaan, India's maiden mission to Mars, which completed three years in orbit this week, has found place on the cover of the venerable National Geographic magazine, known for its high quality images.

According to reports, a photo of the Red Planet taken by the simple, low cost camera of Mangalyaan has appeared in the prestigious National Geographic magazine. 

Not too many images of the full disc of Mars are available today and the experts believe that images taken by India's low cost Mars mission – Mangalyaan – are simply the best ones.  has taken some of the best images.

Significantly, Mangalyaan also recently found its place on the new Rs. 2,000 currency note introduced by the government after its demonetisation move.

India's mission cost Rs. 450 crore and was made to nominally last six months but has now survived for three years beaming back data.

Scripting space history, India had on September 24, 2014 successfully placed its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet on its very first attempt, breaking into an elite club of three nations.