The ‘Mars Orbiter Mission’ (MOM) was launched on 5 November 2013 from PSLV-C25 and the scientists successfully placed this spacecraft in the Mars orbit on 24 September 2014 in the very first attempt.
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India’s Mangalyaan The farewell is over. The fuel and battery present in it have also been exhausted. After this speculation has intensified that the 8-year journey of the country’s first interplanetary mission has ended. The ‘Mars Orbiter Mission’ (MOM) costing Rs 450 crore was launched on 5 November 2013 from PSLV-C25 and the scientists successfully placed this spacecraft in Mars orbit on 24 September 2014 in the very first attempt .
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) sources told news agency PTI, ‘Now, there is no fuel left. The satellite’s battery is drained. Contact is over. However, no official statement has come from ISRO. ISRO was earlier trying to move the vehicle to a new orbit to avoid an imminent eclipse. Officials said on the condition of anonymity, ‘But recently there was one eclipse after another, one of which lasted for seven and a half hours.’
At the same time, another official said, ‘Since the satellite battery was designed to have an eclipse duration of only one hour and 40 minutes, the battery was almost exhausted due to a long eclipse.’ ISRO officials said that the Mars Orbiter vehicle worked for about eight years, while it was built to the capacity of six months. “It did its job well and yielded important scientific results,” he said.