China Isn’t ‘Jealous’ Of India’s Mars Success

China Isn’t ‘Jealous’ Of India’s Mars Success
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India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) successfully entered the Martian orbit late Tuesday. It made India the first Asian nation to reach the red planet, and put it in the elite ‘Mars club’ that also includes the U.S., Europe and Russia. India was the only country to succeed in its first attempt. But its neighbor China said Thursday that the country won’t feel “jealous” of India’s Mars success. Instead, Chinese state media said they have “myriad reasons” to feel delighted at their neighbor’s achievement.

MOM begins sending pictures of Mars surface

In less than 24 hours of entering the Martian orbit, MOM beamed back over a dozen quality pictures of the red planet, showing its crater-marked surface. The images were captured from a height of 4,536 miles. ISRO senior scientist V. Koteswara Rao said the spacecraft was working well. It will also take pictures of two moons of the red planet and send them back.

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