As India and ISRO celebrate the first anniversary of successfully entering the Mars Orbit a year ago on September 24, 2014, ISRO said it is preparing to release an atlas containing photos taken by MoM or Mangalyaan, whose life is likely to last for “many more years”.
ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of the Satish Dhawan Commemoration Lecture on Monday that was delivered by Dr K Radhakrishnan, his predecessor as ISRO chief and instrumental in MoM mission.
Revealing that the Mangalyaan mission, which was supposed to last for six months, will now be orbiting Mars for “many more years” since the spacecraft still has 35-kg fuel in it, said Kiran Kumar.
Since there was no problem with MOM so far, the spacecraft “is expected to last for many years now, because it has gone through solar conjunction also; so we don’t see much of a problem,” he said. “We were not expecting so much fuel to remain,” he noed.
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) entered Mars orbit on septemebr 24, 2014, pushing India into the rare three-nation club that could send a Mars mission successfully. Even China had failed in its bid and India was able to achieve the feat at an astonishing cost of mere Rs.250-crore.
Isro will mark the first anniversary of Mars Orbit entry with an atlas of photos taken by the Mangalyaan and alo release a book on November 5 titled ‘Fishing hamlet to Mars’.
ISRO is preparing for the launch of its next satellite ASTROSAT on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 and the reckoning has already begun at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. It will be an observatory mission available for Indian space scientists and researchers, similar to Hubble telescope of NASA.
Astrosat will also carry two satellites, each from Indonesia and Canada, and four nano satellites from the US.