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Mangalyaan among 25 Best Inventions of 2014
Nov 25, 2014

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. ‘Time’ said about Mangalyaan, calling it The Supersmart Spacecraft, “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.  Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the Mars spacecraft cost India just $74 million. ‘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 importantly, 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 for kids.

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 and makes prisoners prone to suicide attempts and violence.

Former Google engineer Pramod Sharma developed Osmo, a tablet toy that gets physical. Pramod 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.


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