The Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission has captured the picture of Phobos, the closest and largest moon of Mars.
The picture was taken on July 1 when MOM was about 7,200 km from Mars and 4,200 km from Phobos.
“Spatial resolution of the image is 210 m. This is a composite image generated from 6 MCC frames and has been color corrected,” ISRO stated in an replace together with the picture.
Phobos is basically believed to be made up of carbonaceous chondrites.
According to ISRO, “the violent phase that Phobos has encountered is seen in the large section gouged out from a past collision (Stickney crater) and bouncing ejecta.”
“Stickney, the largest crater on Phobos along with the other craters (Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig) are also seen in this image,” it stated.
The mission also called Mangalyaan was initially meant to final six months, however subsequently ISRO had stated it had sufficient gasoline for it to final “many years.”
The nation had on September 24, 2014 efficiently positioned the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft in orbit across the crimson planet, in its very first try, thus breaking into an elite membership.
ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.
It had escaped the earth’s gravitational subject on December 1, 2013. The Rs 450 crore MOM mission goals at finding out the Martian floor and mineral composition in addition to scan its ambiance for methane (an indicator of life on Mars).
The Mars Orbiter has 5 scientific devices – Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS).