India lost its Mars orbiter Mangalyan.

India lost its Mars orbiter Mangalyan.

The orbiter, called Mangalyaan, made India only the fourth nation to reach the distant planet, and it gained global attention primarily for its extremely low budget. India’s mission to Mars — an orbiter studying the surface and atmosphere — finally ran out of fuel after spending eight years in the outer world, according to the nation’s space agency. The device, launched in 2013, was expected to last just six months, but it went on to serve the nation for a long time.  It ran out of fuel and couldn’t achieve the necessary altitude to generate power, declaring the spacecraft “non-recoverable. Launched atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-25 rocket on November 5, 2013, Mangalyaan was inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014, after completing 300 days of interplanetary journey. Equipped with a suit of five scientific payloads onboard, during these eight years, the mission has gifted significant scientific understanding on the Martian surface features, morphology, as well as the Martian atmosphere and exosphere.