ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission completes 1000 earth days

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 19, 2017

India's celebrated Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1000 earth days in orbit today, which is more than 5 times the number of days it was designated to last.

ISRO today said that the orbiter had performed well beyond its design mission life of six months.

This mission was launched on 5 November 2013 by PSLV-C25 and got inserted into the Martian orbit on 24 September 2014 in its very first attempt.

The feat was praised globally not just for the mission's success in the first go but also because it came at a fraction of the cost of similar space missions launched by organisations such as NASA and the European Space Agency.

"The MOM is credited with many laurels like cost-effectiveness, short period of realisation, economical mass-budget, miniaturisation of five heterogeneous science payloads", said ISRO. Satellite is in good healthand continues to work as expected.

The country's low-priced Mars mission spacecraft that is on a rendezvous with the Red planet for an extended period completed 1,000 earth days in its orbit on Monday (19 June).

The Mars Colour Camera, one of the scientific payloads onboardMOM, has produced more than 715 images so far.

MOM was commanded with autonomy features starting from 18 May 2015 that enabled it to survive the communication "blackout" period without any ground commands or intervention.

The spacecraft experienced "whiteout" geometry from May 18, 2016, to May 30, 2016. The ISRO has also launched MOM Announcement of Opportunity (AO) programmes for researchers in the country to use MOM data for research and development.

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.

Meanwhile, India is also planning a new mission to Venus after 2020 and Mangalyaan 2.0's return to Mars.

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