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IN Science & Technology ON 29 Nov, 2016
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), headquartered at Bengaluru, Karnataka looks forward to Mars Orbiter Mission 2. This has been attributed to the excellent performance of MOM-1. Mars is a terrestrial planet and has a thin atmosphere. It is called the 'red planet' because of the presence of iron oxide in its air. It is the planet that can be easily seen by the naked eye.
Have a look at India's announcement to soon launch MOM-2, after the accomplishment of MOM-1.
But, the Union Minister of State under the PMO has said that a scientific experiment is still to be finalized.
MOM's success has shown the world that ISRO is no less than NASA in innovation in space technology. Mangalyaan is serving as a prototype for India's future space systems.
"A call for proposals through an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) has been made within India to seek proposal for scientific experiments for Mars Orbiters Mission-2"
The MOM-1 successfully completed 25 months of orbiting. Even today, MOM-1 is working perfectly fine and is a proud member of ISRO's instruments.
A C25 rocket was used to launch it. India's maiden Mars mission was launched with a very limited scientific payload. There were only five instruments on board MOM-1. It was launched as a test orbiter, to learn what it takes to cruise for 300 days around the planet Mars.
"The span of two years on Earth nearly equals to one year on Mars. The Mangalyaan, which entered the orbit of Mars around two years ago, has completed one revolution. The data being sent by it over a period of last two years is being studied by ISRO for analyzing atmospheric configuration."
ISRO is now seeking for proposals for MOM-2.