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Mission to Mars: Contests, selfies with Mangalyaan before the D-day

Ahead of Mangalyaan’s insertion into Mars, the Indian Space Research Organisation launched a completion — Cheer India to Mars — allowing the space enthusiasts to showcase their thoughts about the Mars Orbiter Mission.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2014 10:04 IST
Vanita Srivastava

Four days ahead of Mangalyaan’s insertion into Mars, the Indian Space Research Organisation(Isro) launched a completion --Cheer India to Mars—allowing the space enthusiasts to showcase their thoughts about the Mars Orbiter Mission(MOM).

“We present to you a unique opportunity to be a part of ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission. Unleash your creativity and showcase your original thoughts and understanding about MOM in the form of text, infographics, video etc and you could walk away with exclusive ISRO collectibles,” the facebook page of Isro said on Friday.

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The entries were to be posted as comments. The competition open to only Indian nationals closed on Saturday at 2 pm. The post on competition has got more than 2000 likes and around 400 comments.

Smartur.com has developed Smartur App which will provide users a platform to experience and participate in India’s most important space program milestone.

As a part of the program users of android mobile and iOS devices can also participate in a contest ‘Mangalyaan and Me’ – whereby users are invited to upload innovative selfie with Mangalyaan and be eligible to win exciting prizes.

The App allows the participants to click and upload/share innovative pictures that can look like Mangalyaan is lifting off from their hands or out of their car or any other idea that comes to their mind.

“The Smartur App is an augmented reality app that has been developed using a 3D model and provides the user with an almost ‘real’ experience of seeing the object (in this case Mangalyaan) in their living environment. This is made possible through Augmented Reality (AR) that allows one to experience the
next level of virtual imaging which transports characters or elements into their world,” Neeraj Jewalkar, Founder & CEO of Smartur.com said “India’s space program will achieve its most significant.

“We created the app because we wanted the people of India to know that our country is accomplished to do such a major thing,” Jewalkar said.

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Meanwhile a cultural outfit in Kerala will be offering special prayers on the day for the safety and success of the Mangalyaan Mission.

'Friends of Trivandrum', a local forum of Thiruvanathapuram, is planning to conduct 'pooja' and offerings in the name of Mangalyaan at the famous Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple on September 24.