MOM COMPLETES 1000 EARTH DAYS 5/5 (1)

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India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, famously known as MOM completed 1000 earth days in its orbit today. This mission was launched on November 5, 2013, by PSLV-C25 ( an expandable launch system) it entered the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt. The MOM mission has been highly praised for its cost effectiveness, a short period of realisation, economical mass-budget, miniaturisation of five heterogeneous science payloads etc. “The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1,000 earth days in its orbit, today (June 19, 2017) well beyond its designed mission life of six months,” said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The Rs 450-crore MOM was launched to study the Martian surface and mineral composition, and scan its atmosphere for methane, an indicator of life on the Red Planet.
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On January 17, this year, the Mangalyaan had 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. The reserve power source is designed to last only 1 hour 40 minutes. Eclipses in a satellite’s life happen when the earth comes between the spacecraft and the sun and ground staff lose communication with the space shuttle.
After over 2 years of revolving around Mars, the MOM shows no signs of slowing down and is believed to be in good health.India plans a return to Mars with Mangalyaan 2.0 and a new mission to Venus that will only happen after 2020.

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