India’s Mars Orbiter Mission completes two years around Mars
Bengaluru: India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has completed two years around Mars on September 24, 2016 and accomplished its planned mission objectives.
At present MOM and all its scientific payloads are in good health and it continues to provide valuable data of Mars surface and its atmosphere.
The increased duration of observation of Mars by five scientific payloads is enhancing the planetary science data and also enabling coverage of Mars in different seasons.
The images of Mars captured by the Mars Colour Camera have been received and found to be of very good quality. The Mars Colour Camera has so far produced hundreds of images for various landforms of Martian surface indicating presence of aqueous activity on Mars in climatic history. MSM, TIS, LAP and MENCA has collected ample data sets.
Data sets obtained from Mars insertion on 24th Sep,2014 to 23rd, September ,2015 is released to the public currently.
MOM MCC data has helped us in understating the sublimation process on the Martian north pole, where CO2 & H2O ice cover changes significantly as Mars enters into
northern hemisphere summer.