First Images of Mars from Mangalyaan(MOM) and MAVEN Released


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s   Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) has successfully reached Mars Orbit on September 24, 2014.  The main objective of this project was to reach Mars and then explore Mar's Atmosphere.

Milestones of this mission
  •  India is the  first country in the world to reach Mars in its first attempt.
  •  India is the fourth country to reach Mars following US, Europe and Russia
  •  India becomes the only Asian country to reach Mars
  •  MOM cost $74 million , it is one-ninth of the cost of NASA's $671 million Maven mission, which also put its spacecraft into Mars orbit this week (21 September 2014)

Following the success of the mission, MOM captured the images of the Mars taken from MOM . ISRO released  the first images of Mars. They are given below.

 ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission captures its first image of Mars. 
 Taken from a height of 7300 km; with 376 m spatial resolution.

The second image released by ISRO

Martian atmosphere as seen from an altitude of 8449 km. 
Image taken using Mars Color Camera on-board ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

NASA of USA also released the first obeservations from MAVEN. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

 NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars.

The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color images eight hours after the successful completion of Mars orbit insertion by the spacecraft at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, after a 10-month journey.

Image credit(ISRO and NASA)

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