The Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission has captured the image of Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars.
The image 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 mentioned in an replace together with the image.
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.”
A current image of the mysterious moon of Mars, Phobos, as captured by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission
— ISRO (@isro) July 3, 2020
“Stickney, the largest crater on Phobos along with the other craters (Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig) are also seen in this image,” it mentioned.
The mission also referred to as Mangalyaan was initially meant to final six months, however subsequently, ISRO had mentioned 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 purple 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 discipline 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).