While speaking on the sidelines of Prof Satish Dhawan Commemoration Lecture, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) chief A S Kiran said on Monday that India’s low cost Mar Orbiter Mission (MOM) is left with enough fuel to last many more years.
It is to be noticed that scientists estimated that MOM will last for 6 months, but the spacecraft has overperformed and exceeded everybody’s expectations.
“Mars (mission) 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,” ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar told reporters. He further made it clear that the Mangalyaan is left with 35 kg of fuel. Since the fuel consumption of the spacecraft is very low, scientists are expecting it to survive for at least 2-3 years from now.
While explaining reason behind the low fuel consumption, Kiran said that the spacecraft hasn’t faced any failure since its launch and scientists took into account various tough situations in which fuel consumption might have been greater but the journey of Mangalyaan went smooth and it saved lot of fuel.
The Mangalyaan mission was launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on 5 November 2013 and the orbiter entered in the orbit nearly after nine months of journey on 24 September, 2014. With the Mangalyaan mission, India became the first country in the world to send a probe on Mars in its very first attempt. European, American and Russian probes have managed to orbit or land on the planet, but after several attempts.
ISRO will celebrate the first anniversary of Mars Orbit insertion on 24 September. On that occasion, ISRO will release an atlas that will contain photos taken by the colour camera on board the spacecraft.
“Currently, on September 24, we will be releasing one of the atlases — the on taking images of Mars Colour Camera and also some results from the Methane Sensor…. then, on November 5, we are bringing out a book, ‘Fishing hamlet to Mars’,” Kiran Kumar said.