Country puts spacecraft in orbit around Red Planet to demonstrate its abilities and advance technologies for space travel.
Sept. 25, 2014 The Mars Orbiter spacecraft captures its first image of Mars. India placed the spacecraft into orbit around Mars, the first Asian nation to join an elite club of explorers to the red planet. Indian Space Research Organization confirmed the successful completion of the Mangalyaan probe's voyage to Mars, after a final 'braking' maneuver allowed it to be captured by the planet's gravitational pull. Indian Space Research Organization/EPA