Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), an ambitious satellite launched to learn more about the red planet that was completed four years in the classroom on September 24 by the planet. This is a great achievement for the Indian Space Agency, given the fact that he was able to achieve such a kind of big milestone in the most cost-effective manner and within a short time on his first attempt. It is also worth noting that the mission was originally made for only six months, but the satellite still continues to churn the data and according to ISRO’s claims it is still in good health.
— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 25, 2018
Launched in November 2013, the satellite discovered its way in the Mars class from September 24, 2014. After this, it has helped a lot to learn more about the red planet. With its on-board color camera, the satellite has been able to click and send more than 980 images. Not only about Mars, but the satellite has also provided close images of two moons around the planet, Phobos and DeMos. MOM is the only Martin artificial satellite which can portray the entire disk Tue in a frame and can also portray the very image of distant Deimos.
Over the years, images and data collected from MOM have been used in many publications till date. Two days ago, ISRO also released data collected during the third year of its journey by satellite. The organization claims that more than 2,100 users have registered on their website and have downloaded more than 620GB data so far.
The ISRO currently in announcing the event on its website is trying to expand its scientific community through the (AO), analyze the collected data and publish potentially new findings to help volunteers is looking for. It has also organized a Planet Data Analysis Workshop to increase the connectivity and reach of MOM-AO scientists.
What is the Mars Orbiter Mission?
- The mission, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 5, 2013, by PSLV-C25, successfully placed itself into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt.
- Although the designed mission life of MOM was six months, the satellite has continued to beam back science data from Mars for the past four years
- MOM is built with full autonomy to take care of itself for long periods without any ground intervention. The spacecraft came out of communication ‘blackout’ during this period
- MOM spacecraft experienced the ‘whiteout’ geometry from May 18 to May 30, 2016
- A ‘whiteout’ occurs when the Earth is between the sun and Mars and too much solar radiation may make it impossible to communicate with the Earth
- The maximum duration of ‘whiteout’ is around 14 days