According to the ISRO website, the space agency’s vision is to “harness space technology for national development, while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration.”
The 2010s were huge for ISRO. In total, it launched 56 missions, and of those, only three succumbed to launch failure, maintaining the launch success rate for India at about 95 percent.
Despite the fact that ISRO was a little late to the party in the earliest days of space exploration – having only been created around the time the United States was already putting astronauts on the Moon – India has come a long way in terms of space research progress.
On Thursday, March 31, 2005, the Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Saturn's largest moon, Titan, at about 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) above the surface.
Over several decades, ISRO has relied on a variety of different launch vehicles to handle its diverse mission needs. Its first launch vehicle was Satellite Launch Vehicle-3 (SLV-3), which ISRO successfully launched for the first time in 1980, making India the sixth world nation to have spacefaring capabilities.
The Indian Space Research Organization is a fledgling national space agency compared with its older counterparts in the United States, Russia and Europe.
After a brief visit to Venus, Mariner 10 performed three flybys of Mercury; the final flyby occurring this week in 1975.
Few truly appreciate the contributions that Newton made to our understanding of the cosmos, and the trajectory of progress for our species.
The new Cosmic Vision mission agenda – guided by the new European Space Policy – groups astrophysics, fundamental physics, and solar system exploration missions into small class, medium class, and large class missions.