In a year full of nation-building moments, India celebrates another one, this time from space. @ISRO’s Mars Mission (@MarsOrbiter) entered the Martian orbit this morning, and moments later, also made its Twitter debut. It sent its first Tweet at 8:14 AM local time, immediately after the mission was declared a success by @ISRO.
Earlier in the day, @ISRO live-Tweeted every twist and turn in the run up to the Mission entering the Martian orbit, with the whole country riveted to the drama playing out in real time on Twitter.
The mission is not only a hit in space, but also on Twitter where the top three trending topics this morning were based on the national achievement of @MarsOrbiter, including #Mangalyaan, #MarsMission and #IndiaAtMars. This Reverb chart (click below to play) shows the spike in Twitter conversations when @MarsOrbiter reached Mars, as well as ongoing discussions and congratulatory Tweets in the hours after making orbit.
As India takes its place in an exclusive club of nations that have reached Mars, Indians are also proudly celebrating history in the making with @MarsOrbiter being the first orbiter to reach Mars on its first try and also the first orbiter from an Asian nation to reach the red planet.
Did someone say … cookies?