ISRO on Tuesday formally extended the lifespan of the Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) by six more months and also released some more pictures taken by the spacecraft on Mars surface.
“As the 1,340 kg Mars Orbiter has sufficient fuel to last longer than it was intended earlier, its mission has been extended for another six months,” said a senior ISRO official.
Otherwise, the Mangalyaan mission was any day a historic feat from the fact that it was India’s maiden mission and successfully launched joining the club of top four space exploring nations in the world.
The Mars Colour Camera has been the most active, taking images of valleys, mountains, craters, clouds and dust storms on Mars surface. “The five scientific instruments onboard the spacecraft will continue to collect data and relay it to our deep space network centre here for analysis,” ISRO director Devi Prasad Karnik said.
Here are the pictures: