The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, India’s first planetary mission to explore Mars, has successfully completed one year around the Red planet on Thursday.
Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, launched on November 5, 2013 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, journeyed 680 million kilometres and took 300 days to complete the course.
Manglyaan has been successful in sending data and images during its assignment period of six months, which ended on March 24, 2015. Through the year, the 1,350 kg satellite has been transmitting pictures of Martian canyons, ancient volcanoes, craters, impact craters and 3D portrayals of the terrain.
As Mangalyaan finishes a year, we wish ‘MOM’ a very happy birthday and hope to see many more updates about its journeys through Mars.
The image of the beautiful Red Planet taken by the Mars Orbiter. Photograph: @MarsOrbiter/Twitter
An image of Tyrrhenus Mons, a volcano in Hesperia Planum region taken by the Mars Color Camera (MCC) on 25-02-2015 at a spatial resolution of 166m from an altitude of 3192km. Photograph: MOM Mars Atlas
This image is pertaining to Sinus Sabaeus quadrangle of Mars, above the Dawes crater and to the left of Schroeter crater. This image was captured on July 14, 2015 at an altitude of 2555 km with a resolution of 132.8 m. Photograph: MOM Mars Atlas
Gale crater is about 3.5-3.8 billion years old and 154 km in diameter. It is situated in the Aeolis Planum region on Mars. It is named after Walter F Gale, an astronomer who observed Mars in the 19th century. Photograph: MOM Mars Atlas
A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO (centre) releasing the Mars Atlas with Dr Y V N Krishnamoorthy, scientific secretary, ISRO (left); Dr Annadurai M, director ISRO Satellite Centre, Tapan Misra, director space application Centre ISRO, Deviprasad Karnik, Director Public Relations Unit ISRO. Photograph: MOM Mars Atlas