Abigail Allwood, an Australian geologist becomes the first woman to lead an important venture: NASA’s search for life on Mars. Named one of the world’s top 10 scientific minds in 2006, she is considered to be ``extraordinary brilliant``.
India`s ambitious maiden inter- planetary voyage Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), launched in November last year, has covered over 21 million km and as of today is exactly 200 days away from reaching the red planet`s orbit on September 24.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today performed the last of the five orbit-raising manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter in the early hours, raising the apogee (farthest point from Earth) of the spacecraft to over 1.92 lakh km.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Tuesday said that the country`s Mars mission would not only help in learning technology and mission implementation but also enthuse young minds in further exploring the outer space.
Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister C N R Rao on Friday said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could have taken more time and "done homework" on the country`s maiden mission to Mars.