The MOM had sent its first images of the planet on Thursday, just a day after creating history by becoming the only one to be successful in reaching Mars in the first attempt itself.
MOM in Conversation:
The view is nice up here. pic.twitter.com/VmAjNI76lm— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 25, 2014
A shot of Martian atmosphere. I'm getting better at it. No pressure. pic.twitter.com/A27s34q5AD— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 25, 2014
Wow! Your pic made my day. Excited to have an explorer buddy.@esaoperations— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 25, 2014
The main aim of MARS is to study the Martian surface and scan the atmosphere for Methane, which is an indicator of life. The Rs 450 crore, also the cheapest, planetary spacecraft is equipped with five instruments- a colour camera, a sensor to track methane or marsh gas, and a thermal-imaging spectrometer to map the surface and mineral wealth of the planet.
Thank you @elonmusk. All the best for your Mars plans! It'll be nice to have a little bit of home here.— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 28, 2014
Awesome! @ESA_Rosetta, snack time selfie with Mars? This thing doesn't have a front cam :(— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 29, 2014
The orbiter will keep moving in an elliptical path for the next six months and will continue sending pictures from there. The spacecraft was launched on a home-made PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5 last year. It had escaped the earth's gravitational field on December 1 and was placed in the orbit on September 24.