India’s Mars orbiter craft has accomplished eight years in its orbit, effectively past its designed mission lifetime of six months. Plans on a follow-on ‘Mangalyaan’ mission to the Purple Planet, nonetheless, are but to be firmed up.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) – a know-how demonstration enterprise – is the maiden interplanetary mission of the nationwide house company, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Launched on November 5, 2013, the probe was efficiently inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first try.
To mark the newest milestone, ISRO has organised a ‘Nationwide Meet on Eight Years of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)’ at its headquarters right here on Tuesday with an inaugural handle by its Chairman S Somanath.
House Fee members Okay Radhakrishnan and A S Kiran Kumar would ship particular addresses on the meet, which might deal with themes ‘Mars Orbiter Mission Overview’, ‘Scientific Achievements’ and ‘Future Instructions within the exploration of the internal photo voltaic system’.
Because the then chairman of ISRO, Radhakrishnan had led the MOM (Mangalyaan) mission crew.
ISRO got here out with an ‘Announcement of Alternative’ (AO) for future Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM-2) in 2016 however officers acknowledged that it is nonetheless on the drafting board, with the approaching ‘Gaganyaan’, ‘Chandrayaan-3’ and ‘Aditya – L1’ initiatives being within the house company’s present precedence record.
The AO had stated: “It’s now deliberate to have the subsequent orbiter mission round Mars for a future launch alternative. Proposals are solicited from scientists inside India for experiments onboard an orbiter mission round Mars (MOM-2), to handle related scientific issues and subjects”.
“Not within the authorized record as of now”, a senior ISRO official advised PTI on Monday on being requested about an replace on the MOM-2.
“We have to formulate the mission proposals and payloads primarily based on the broader session with the analysis group”, the official stated on situation of anonymity. “It is nonetheless on the drafting board. However wants some extra particulars and worldwide collaboration for finalising the mission”.
“It is fairly a satisfying and fulfilling second”, MOM’s Programme Director M Annadurai advised PTI immediately on the Mars orbiter craft finishing eight years in orbit.