Low-cost Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of India has entered to its fourth year by successfully completing three years Martian orbit on 24 September 2017. After three years the satellite is still in very good working condition and will continue to work well as expected. The spacecraft has been sending data for scientific analysis as expected.
On the occasion, MOM’s second year’s science data from 24 September 2014 to 23 September 2016 was also released which will be helpful for conducting research and development related to Mars.
India had got a great achievement in the field of space research with successful placement of Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft in the orbit of Mars three years back on 24 September 2014. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was completed in first attempt. The total cost(450 Crore) of the MOM was very low as compared to earlier missions of such kind.
The aim of the MOM was to study the surface of Martian and mineral compositions and to scan its atmosphere for methane (an indicator of life on Mars).