Written by Bella Dalima
24 Sep, 2014 | 3:22 pm
“Howdy @MarsCuriosity ? Keep in touch. I’ll be around”. This and a few other tweets announced the “Mars arrival” of India’s Mangalyaan, and its new Twitter account.
NASA’s mission Curiosity was the first to tweet to the account with a greeting, “Namaste, @MarsOrbiter! Congratulations to @ISRO and India’s first interplanetary mission upon achieving Mars orbit.”
NASA’s 2014 Mars mission Maven also congratulated ISRO, or the Indian Space Research Organisation.
The account @MarsOrbiter debuted just as Mangalyaan successfully entered the planet’s orbit this morning. Within two hours, the account had 22,000 followers and was rising rapidly.
Its first few tweets had a humorous twist: “What is red, is a planet and is the focus of my orbit?” – re-tweeted 6,000 times – and “I’ll be back after breakfast. Good ol’ sunlight. It’s good for your battery.”
The tweets and the exchange between three missions delighted @MarsOrbiter’s growing legion of followers. “Brilliant! @MarsOrbiter interacting with @MarsCuriosity. That’s the beauty of @twitter,” said one post.
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