India's Mars mission completes 1000 earth days in orbit

Mangalyaan completes 1000 Earth days in its orbit

India's Mars Orbiter completes 1000 days in orbit and is still going strong

ISRO today said that the orbited had performed well beyond itsdesign mission life of six months.

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 launched the Mars Orbiter on November 5, 2013 through itsmost successful launch vehicle PSLV and the orbiter was insertedinto Martian orbit on September 24 the next year in its first attempt. The MOM is credited with many laurels like cost-effectiveness, a short period of realisation, economical mass-budget, miniaturisation of five heterogeneous science payloads etc.

Even after functioning for 1000 days, the satellite is in good health and has provided a data of over 715 images which will be analysed scientifically.

The MOM went through a communication "blackout" as a result of solar conjunction from June 2, 2015, to July 2, 2015.

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.

Besides this, ISRO had also launched MOM Announcement of Opportunity (AO) programmes for researchers in the country to enable them to use the data retrieved from the orbiter for research and development goal.

The spacecraft experienced "whiteout" geometry from May 18, 2016, to May 30, 2016.

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.

Further, India is planning to return to Mars with Mangalyaan 2.0 and a new mission to Venus that will only happen after 2020.

Thirty-two proposals were supported under this AO.

First year data from MOM was released to the public on September 24, 2016 through ISSDC website.

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