The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), informally called Mangalyaan (Sanskrit for "Mars-Craft"), is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is expected to enter orbit around Mars on 24 September 2014. The mission is a "technology demonstrator" project aiming to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission.
ISRO has spent only Rs 450 crore on the project. In comparison, a similar NASA mission costs 4166 crore.
Under Construction: Mangalyaan attached to the fourth state of PSLV rockets. Ready for heat shield closure. Note the tricolor :)
Launch Date : 5 November, 2013
Nov 19: Mangalyaan tests it's color camera by snapping a picture of home.
Finally. First images of Mangalyaan's finding from Mars. Surprise!