Tomorrow, 24th September is thé day I have been waiting for about a year (ostensibly) but it seems I have been waiting for this all my life!
The Indian mission to Mars, Mangalyaan is to enter thé Mars orbite if all goes well. How I hope it does!
This mission was conceived and delivered at record low costs. If it comes through successfully it will be thé first mission to Mars that succeeded on it’s début. It is also one of thé cheapest missions of thé kind. As thé Indian Prime Minister remarked: Mangalyaan cost less than thé film Gravity!
This is not news to some of you who have read my earlier blogposts on space: I dreamt and still dream of going into space. I wanted to be an astronaut and it still hurts that I could not achieve this ambition, at least professionally. Perhaps one day thé dream will come true in some form.
The truth is that I never ever thought I would read or hear these words: “India’s mission to Mars”. Yet thèse words are now a reality. How beautiful that is, how sublime.
The mission (fingers crossed will be successful in thé conventional sensé of thé word as well) to me is already something of a success:
To be able to dream of open space and other worlds. To act on that dream is courageous. It sets free thé aspirations of thé millions who live in India and countries like India. It says to us all that we must never give up on our dreams no matter how impossible they seem. Our dreams define us, they define who we will be one day. Is there a point therefore in being parsimonious in our dreams?
I am looking at thé mission updates on ISRO’s site. Hope with me that thé next update is of Mars orbit for this craft. Celebrate thé success of this dream of Mars, of space, of life.