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...Yutu has already sent back photos from the moon indicating that the mission has become fully operational.China's lunar landing is a major technological triumph for a state that, over a period of time, has made significant progress in the outer space arena.The indigenous nature of China's space programme is commendable.It may have received assistance from Russia in the initial stages but its indigenous progress in space science during the past decade has been spectacular.China successfully began its manned space programme a decade back and Chinese astronauts have carried out a few space walks.It has also developed a prototype space station and has a well-articulated roadmap for the future.Yutu's success so far must have reassured the Chinese scientific community about its capabilities. ...Indian Express on Dec. 20, 2013, 2:18 a.m.
...It will take about nine months for the satellite to reach the Mars orbit and begin making its observations.Reaching Mars is very complicated; the success rate has been around only 50 per cent since the first mission in 1960.In Asia, Japan and China have made attempts to reach Mars, without success.India has the advantages of a late beginner.The Indian mission has been designed after learning from others' experiences.India is also banking on its past experience with the Moon mission, but reaching Mars is a more formidable challenge.The craft has to travel for around 300 days, encountering radiation, and subsequently its various technical systems, inactive for most of those 300 days, will be expected to perform accurately and its engines will need to fire.The MOM is expected to improve India's scientific credentials and knowhow in launching interplanetary probes. ...Indian Express on Nov. 12, 2013, 10:38 p.m.