ISRO extends Mangalyaan’s mission period
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) in November 2013. The orbiter successfully completed its journey in September last year and orbiting around the Mars since then. The official mission period was only six months, but now ISRO officials informed that the mission period has been increased for six more months.
The Mangalyaan will complete six month mission on March 24 and the orbiter has been generating exceptional results, though this is first Mars mission by India.
ISRO scientists also confirmed this development about the extension of India’s first interplanetary mission. The orbiter with a weight of around 1,340 kilograms can utilize the remaining fuel of 37kg for its further period in the Martian atmosphere.
The Government of India had already informed that the probe will be living beyond its expected life span of six months and it has fulfilled the expectations by saving 37 kg propellant.
The data will be collected by five scientific equipments on the probe and transmitted back to deep space network; Director Devi Prasad Karnik from ISRO informed press.
Specially designed ‘Mars Colour Camera’ is the most used payload on board, it has relayed back breathtaking images of Martian surface including mountains, dust, sandstorms and valleys. Camera has managed to capture more than 300 photos of the Mars.
It seems that Mars Mission has delivered more to India in spite of its cheaper cost of Rs 450 crore, most cost efficient interplanetary mission in the world. It also made India proud as it is the only country in the world to reach the red planet in its first attempt.