International Journal of Mars Research | ISSN 2453-8760 | Current Issue: 7 Volume 4

Mars Orbiter Mission

Mars Orbiter Mission. Credit: ISRO

Mars Orbiter Mission. Credit: ISRO

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan “Mars-craft” is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It was successfully inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, making India the first nation to send a satellite into Mars orbit on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so.

Mission Mangalyaan lifted off from Indian Space Centre in Shriharikota.

The spacecraft is currently being monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antenna at Byalalu.

The mission is a “technology demonstrator” project aiming to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary missions.

More information can be found in articles related to this mission here.

Operator: ISRO

Scientific instruments:

LAP – Lyman-Alpha Photometer (1.97 kg)
MSM – Methane Sensor For Mars (2.94 kg)
MENCA – Mars Exospheric Neutral
Composition Analyser (3.56 kg)
TIS – Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (3.2 kg)
MCC – Mars Colour Camera (1.27 kg)

sources: ISRO, Wikipedia

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