India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, beneting the fourth country to do so.
The Mangalyaan robotic probe, one of the cheapest interplanetary missions ever, will soon begin work studying the Red Planet's atmosphere. A 24-minute engine burn slowed the probe down enough to allow it to be captured by Mars' gravity. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country had achieved the "near impossible". Speaking at the mission control centre in the southern city of Bangalore he said: "The odds1 were stacked against us. Of 51 missions attempted in the world only 21 have succeeded. We have prevailed." Only the US, Europe and Russia have previously2 sent missions to Mars, but India is the first country to succeed on its first attempt. The latest US satellite, Maven, arrived at Mars on Monday. US space agency Nasa congratulated its Indian counterpart, the Indian Space and Research Organization (Isro), on Wednesday's success. "We congratulate @ISRO for its Mars arrival! @MarsOrbiter joins the missions studying the Red Planet," the agency tweeted.
1 odds n.让步,机率,可能性,比率;胜败优劣之别 参考例句:
The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
2 previously adv.以前,先前(地) 参考例句:
The bicycle tyre blew out at a previously damaged point.自行车胎在以前损坏过的地方又爆开了。
Let me digress for a moment and explain what had happened previously.让我岔开一会儿,解释原先发生了什么。