The size of the Rs 2,000 note is 66mm X 166mm and will be available in a magenta base colour. It will have a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the front and a motif of the Mangalyaan in reverse, depicting the country's first venture in interplanetary space.
Now that Rs 2000 note shall find a place in your wallet soon enough, time to know ten most interesting things about India's first mission to planet Mars - Mangalyaan.
Mangalyaan - India’s First ever mission to Mars
1. India’s Mars mission or also known as Mangalyaan is the cheapest Mars mission, ever.
2. Mangalyaan mission was made at the cost of approximately ₹450 Crore (US$73 million).
3. PSLV rocket carrying Mangalyaan left for its 300 -day journey to Mars which was developed and deployed in just 15 months.
4. USA pioneered the Mars mission by sending out its first mission in 1960, then several countries tried but failed. Only 3 countries have sent successful Martian missions. India joined the elite League of Nations to have sent out a successful mission to Mars onNov 5, 2013.
5. Mangalyaan was developed by ISRO from technology tested during the Chandrayaan-I mission.
6. Mangalyaan also known as MOM was responsible to determine levels of water and methane in Martian atmosphere, both key elements for sustenance of life.
7. Mars is so far away that once MOM sends any data, it will take around 14 minutes for it to reach ISRO’s communication panels. Similarly, for any instruction sent to MOM or Mangalyaan, it will take 14 minutes.
8. Mangalyaan has a formidable itinerary: a 300-day, 780 million-kilometer (485 million-mile) journey to orbit Mars and survey its geology and atmosphere.
9. At the end of the orbit insertion, MOM was left with 40 kg (88 lb) of fuel on board, more than the 20 kg (44 lb) necessary for a six-month mission
10. More than half the world’s attempts to reach Mars - 23 out of 40 missions have failed, including missions by Japan in 1999 and China in 2011 where as Mangalyaan was successful in its maiden attempt.