Pics: MOM's expedition in space throw amazing surprises on Mars

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Bengaluru, August 18: The Mars Orbiter Mission or the Mangalyaan has sent some amazing 3-D pictures of Mars, especially the Valles Marineris, which is the largest canyon system in the solar system.

The Ophir Chasma terrain is also visible through the Mars Colour Camera. As per the International Astronomical Union, a chasma is an elongate, steep-sided depression.The wall of the chasma contain many layers and the floors contain large deposits of layered material.


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In a statement, ISRO said," the images were taken on July 19, 2015 at an altitude of 1, 857 km."

Currently, five active spacecrafts are orbiting the Red Planet, including MOM. These are Nasa's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) and India's Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) joined the 2003 Mars Express from ESA (the European Space Agency) and two from NaSa - the 2001 Mars Odyssey and the 2006 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Later, NASA said that due to high traffic of orbiters around Mars, it had to boost its traffic monitoring, communication and manoeuvre planning to ensure that the orbiters did not collide. The collision avoidance by the US notifies if two orbiters approach each other too closely.

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