Images of Mars from an Indian probe

Images of Mars from the Indian probe

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), as the Indian Space Research Organization’s probe is officially called, has been in Mars orbit since September 2014. Its headótion’s primary goal is to study the Red Planet’s surface morphology, determine its composition and study the Martian atmosphere.

The Mars Orbiter probe was launched into space by a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket. The same rocket recently broke a record and placed 104 satellites on the flyby in one go. You can read about it in the text: India launched 104 satellites in one go.

The images were taken by the Mars Colour Camera, a research instrument on board the probe. The latest were taken at the end of December last year, but the catalog provided by ISRO also includes earlier photographs.

The MOM probe cost about $73 millionów and is the cheapest probe sent so far to explore Mars. India by placing a well-functioning probe in orbit of the Red Planet has become the fourth entity in the world którm succeeded in doing so.

In the pictures you can see Olympus Mons – the largest volcano in the entire Solar System, and Phobos, whichóry is one of the moonów Mars.. Below are just a few of the images taken by MOM. All can be seen on the Indian Space Research Organization website.


Phobos. Photo.ISRO/ISSDC/Emily Lakdawalla

Olympus Mons

Olympus Mons. Photo. ISRO/ISSDC/Emily Lakdawalla

Eos Chaos – a fragment of one of the largest canyonsóin the Solar System. Photo. ISRO/ISSDC/Emily Lakdawalla