'Mission Mangal' Tells the True Story of the Women Behind India's First Mission to Mars

Space.com | 8/21/2019 | Chelsea Gohd
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"Mission Mangal", a new Indian Hindi-language film, tells the dramatic true story of the women behind India's first mission to Mars.

Launched in 2013, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, was India's first interplanetary mission and the first time that any country successfully reached Martian orbit on the first try. India made history again this past week when, on Aug. 21, 2019, ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft snapped its first picture of the moon.

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"Mission Mangal" was released in India on Aug. 15, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Indian Space Research Organization.

The film, likened by some to the 2017 U.S. film "Hidden Figures," showcases the team behind the historic mission which included a number of women. In the film, the characters who make up the MOM team were changed from the original women who worked on the mission. Still, the fictional characters representing the women who sent India's first satellite to the moon did a fantastic job representing the dedication, struggle and scientific accomplishments of the women on the team.

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Tara Shinde (played by Vidya Balan) develops a unique approach to reaching Mars in "Mission Mangal."

The MOM team celebrates their hard work and success in reaching Mars in "Mission Mangal."

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Okay, we're going to talk about details of the movie below. So if you want to go into "Mission Mangal" fresh, stop reading now. You've been warned.

The movie opens with lead actress Vidya Balan, who plays fictional character Tara Shinde, project director of the Mars Orbiter Mission. She's swirling around the house, hurriedly making breakfast for her family while getting herself ready to leave for work. With moody teenagers and a grumpy husband, she leaps over her troubles at home to arrive at mission control at ISRO.

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It's launch day, and Shinde, hoping that a warning signal she spots...
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