ISRO's Mars probe took the photo of Phobos, the largest moon in Mars:
Mars Color Camera in ISRO’s Mangalyaan has taken a photo of Phobos, the largest moon of Mars. This picture is so clear that in the past it also shows huge pits made of Phobos colliding with celestial bodies.
Who took the photo?
Let me tell you that ISRO successfully orbited the Marcus Orbiter Mission (MOM) on 24 September 2014, the purpose of this mission of ISRO was initially for six months but later they said that it has sufficient amount of fuel to serve it for many years.
The Mars Color Camera (MCC) in ISRO’s Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission or MOM) has photographed Mars’ largest moon Phobos. This image was taken on July 1, when Mangalyaan was about 7,200 km from Mars and about 4,200 km from Phobos (Phobos).
While tweeting the 1.2 photos, ISRO said:
ISRO said in an update with the picture, this is a picture taken from a 6 msec frame and it is clean. According to ISRO, in this picture, huge pits (craters) made from Phobos colliding with celestial bodies are also seen.
This was achieved in the first attempt to achieve this and thus the country joined an elite group reaching there.
The cost involved in this mission is Rs 450 crore. The mission aims to study the surface of Mars and the composition of minerals there. Its purpose is also to investigate methane in the atmosphere there. Methane is an indicator of life on Mars.
Equipment deployed in Mars Orbiter:
A total of five types of scientific instruments have been installed in the Mars Orbiter –
Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer (MENCA), Mars Color Camera (MCC), and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometers from which we mine minerals.
- It has been employed to find the geographical area of the region and its atmosphere which is doing a good job in the right way.