ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission completes 1000 earth days

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

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

India's maiden interplanetary mission of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has completed 1,000 earth days in its orbit, today.

"MOM completes 1,000 earth days in its orbit, today (June 19, 2017) well beyond its designed mission life of six months".

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. Thousand days correspond to 973.25 Mars Sols (Martian Solar day) and MOM completed 388 orbits.

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).

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 Mars Orbiter has five scientific instruments - Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS).

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

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

On January 17, this year, the Mangalyaan performed a manoeuvre to migrate from its original orbit to avoid a risky 8-hour eclipse that threatened to destroy the satellite by draining it of its reserve battery.

ISRO has also launched MOM Announcement of Opportunity (AO) programmes for researchers in the country to use MOM data forresearch and development.

To expand inter-planetary research, ISRO is seeking scientific proposals for Mars Orbiter Mission-2, the government said in November past year.