Mangalyaan on 2014 List of Top 25 Inventions

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  • Mangalyaan has been named among the best inventions of 2014 by Time magazine which described it as a technological feat that will allow India to flex its “interplanetary muscles.“
  • Nobody gets Mars right on the first try. The US didn't, Russia didn't, the Europeans didn't. But on September 24, India did.
  • That's when the Mangalyaan went into orbit around the Red Planet, a technological feat no other Asian nation has yet achieved,
  • Mangalyaan is among the 25 `Best Inventions of 2014' listed by Time magazine that are “making the world better, smarter and ­ in some cases ­ a little more fun.“
  •  Developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), the Mars spacecraft cost India just $74 million, less than the budget for the multi-Acacdemy Award winning science fiction thriller film `Gravity'.
  • Time said at that price, the Mangalyaan is equipped with just five onboard instruments that allow it to do simple tasks like measure Martian methane and surface composition.
  • More important, however, it allows India to flex its interplanetary muscles, which portends great things for the country's space programme and for science in general.
  • The list also includes inventions by two Indians for developing an exercise space for prisoners in solitary confinement and a tablet toy made for children.
  • Nalini Nadkarni, forest ecologist and college professor helped develop the `Blue Room' with Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon for inmates in solitary confinement, who for 23 hours a day see nothing but a tiny, white-walled cell, an experience some research suggests heightens mental illness
  • Former Google engineer Pramod Sharma developed `Osmo', a tablet toy that gets physical.
  • Sharma got the inspiration when he saw his daughter playing with the iPad, but did not want her to be glued to the tablet all day long.
  • The toy, which debuted in October, has helped Osmo raise $14.5 million in capital and is now being sold in the Apple Store.
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