India’s Mars Space Probe Completes Four Years Orbiting the Red Planet


About five years ago, India’s Mars space probe was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with the mission to orbit and study the Red Planet. Now, the probe, also known as Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), celebrates four years since it reached Mars.

The mission, developed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), took off on November 5th, 2013, positioned itself into Martian orbit on September 24th, 2014. Although the MOM mission was scheduled to last for only six months, India’s Mars space probe managed to keep itself up and running for more than that, as we can see now.

“It’s been four years since I am around! Thank you for your love and support,” wrote the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Twitter but not before sharing a fantastic image of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in the solar system, the Mars orbiter snapped to celebrate four years of life orbiting the Red Planet.

India’s Mars space probe is self-sufficient so that we could hear more about MOM in the future

According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), they built the Mars orbiter in a self-sufficient manner, so MOM enjoys full autonomy packing solar batteries and completely independent operability so it can manage missions without ground interventions.

On the other hand, India’s Mars space probe is the only Martian artificial satellite that captured the full disc of Mars in a single picture and also the far-distant Mars moon, Deimos.

So far, MOM’s Mars Color Camera snapped over 980 images of Mars, which can be viewed here. Besides, the photos taken by MOM helped scientists create the first global atlas of the Red Planet.

In conclusion, India’s Mars space probe, MOM, launched in 2013 and orbited the Red Planet since 2014 celebrates four years in the orbit of the Earth’s neighbor.


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