The Mars Orbiter Mission launched by India in November 2013 has completed 1000 earth days in orbit.(ISRO)
The Mars Orbiter Mission launched by India in November 2013 has completed 1000 earth days in orbit.(ISRO)

India’s Mars Orbiter completes 1000 days in orbit and is still going strong

The Mars Orbiter Mission has completed 1000 days in orbit around Mars and is in good health, according to ISRO.
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2017 07:07 PM IST

India’s celebrated Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1000 earth days in orbit on Monday, which is more than 5 times the number of days it was designated to last.

It has outlived its original lifespan but not its utility.

The MOM was launched on November 5, 2013 and entered the orbit of the fiery red planet on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt. The feat was lauded globally not just for the mission’s success in its first go but also because it came at a fraction of the cost of similar space missions launched by bodies such as NASA and the European Space Agency.

Foreign countries have lined up to launch their spacecraft on board India satellite launch vehicles and Indian satellites have hosted payloads from other countries because of its consistent record and because it is cheaper.

On January 17, this year, the Mangalyaan performed a manoeuvre to migrate from its original orbit to avoid a risky 8-hour eclipse that threatened to destroy the satellite by draining it of its reserve battery. The reserve power source is designed to last only 1 hour 40 minutes. Eclipses in a satellite’s life happen when the earth comes between the space craft and the sun and ground staff lose communication with the space shuttle.

The MOM has now completed 388 orbits of Mars and relayed back a storm of data including over 715 images. The colour camera is only one of 5 scientific payloads on board the Mangalyaan. There is also a methane sensor, an experiment that helps to gauge the solar forcing on the Mars atmosphere, one that measures emitted thermal Infrared radiation and another one that helps to calculate the Deuterium to Hydrogen ratio (D/H ratio) in the planet’s atmosphere.

After over two and three-quarters years of waltzing around the red planet, the MOM shows no signs of slowing down and is believed to be in good health.

India is already planning a return to Mars with Mangalyaan 2.0 and a new mission to Venus that will only happen after 2020.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Even one alcoholic drink per day can increase risk of atrial fibrillation

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:47 PM IST
A recent study revealed that individuals who regularly drink a humble measure of liquor are at a higher risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart pulsates in a strange rhythm.
Close
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Coffee temporarily counteracts effect of sleep loss on cognitive function: Study

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:36 PM IST
Consuming caffeinated coffee during the day helps to minimise reductions in attention and cognitive function, compared to decaffeinated coffee, suggest the findings of a new study.
Close
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Here's how eating habits could cause child obesity

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 07:02 PM IST
A study led by researchers of Baylor University revealed that the variety in the utilization of market-gained nourishments outside of a traditional diet routine can prove to be a reason for obesity in children, whether they do physical activities or not.
Close
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Premature birth can be reduced by treating fetus as patient: Study

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 05:22 PM IST
A new study by scientists of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) successfully proved the potential for reducing pre-term birth by treating a fetus as a patient with a new drug delivery system developed by ILIAS Biologics, Inc.
Close
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Covid-19 triggers antibodies from previous coronavirus infections, says study

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 05:21 PM IST
Covid-19 virus may awaken an antibody response that existed in humans prior to our current pandemic, meaning that we might already have some degree of pre-existing immunity to this virus, one of the study's authors said.
Close
Indians have always used pistachios as a garnish on desserts, biryanis etc.(Pixabay)
Indians have always used pistachios as a garnish on desserts, biryanis etc.(Pixabay)

Boost immunity with key nutrients found in pistachios

ANI, New Delhi [india]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:54 PM IST
American Pistachios Growers, a non-profit trade association, organized a Virtual Knowledge Session to talk about the immunity building properties in pistachios and also announce Luke Coutinho as its Lifestyle Ambassador in India.
Close
Sophie Choudry, Yasmin Karachiwala add ‘fun’ to pilates' MOTR workout | Watch(Instagram/sophiechoudry/yasminkarachiwala)
Sophie Choudry, Yasmin Karachiwala add ‘fun’ to pilates' MOTR workout | Watch(Instagram/sophiechoudry/yasminkarachiwala)

Sophie Choudry, Yasmin Karachiwala add ‘fun’ to pilates' MOTR workout | Watch

By Zarafshan Shiraz
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 01:16 PM IST
  • Want to improve your basic fitness or need sport-specific conditioning? Check out this ‘fun combo’ of Sophie Choudry and Yasmin Karachiwala as they perform MOTR workout during pilates session at the gym. Read benefits of this exercise form inside
Close
Shilpa Shetty(Instagram)
Shilpa Shetty(Instagram)

Shilpa Shetty shares the perfect exercise, recipe to improve digestive health

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Alfea Jamal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 12:36 PM IST
Fitness enthusiast, former Bollywood actor and reality show judge Shilpa Shetty often takes to her social media to share her workout routine and diet tips to help her fans get fitter.
Close
“With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die,” he said.(Pixabay)
“With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die,” he said.(Pixabay)

UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

AP, London
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:46 AM IST
There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said Friday.
Close
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Experts say school meals can be healthier for children

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:41 PM IST
Most parents think homemade food is the healthiest meal they can provide to their kids, and when it comes to packing lunch boxes for schools, the family's tradition revolves around stuffing it up with fruits, sandwiches, and snacks.
Close
An Indian-origin expert at the University of Birmingham has led an international study which finds that patients’ chances of survival after cancer surgery is strongly linked with the standard of post-operative hospital care.(Unsplash)
An Indian-origin expert at the University of Birmingham has led an international study which finds that patients’ chances of survival after cancer surgery is strongly linked with the standard of post-operative hospital care.(Unsplash)

Indian-origin expert leads UK study on cancer survival chances

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:06 PM IST
An Indian-origin expert at the University of Birmingham has led an international study which finds that patients’ chances of survival after cancer surgery is strongly linked with the standard of post-operative hospital care.
Close
In the study, the team led by Universite de Montreal psychology professor Sylvie Belleville, found hyperactivation in certain brain areas in people not yet diagnosed with Alzheimer's but who were worried about their memory and who exhibited risk factors for the disease.(Unsplash)
In the study, the team led by Universite de Montreal psychology professor Sylvie Belleville, found hyperactivation in certain brain areas in people not yet diagnosed with Alzheimer's but who were worried about their memory and who exhibited risk factors for the disease.(Unsplash)

Strange hyperactivation in brain can be early sign of Alzheimer's

ANI, Montreal [canada]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:26 PM IST
A research led by psychology and neuroscience professor of the University of Montreal highlights that abnormally hyperactive areas in the brain may help better predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Close
In a recent study, researchers have established in lab settings that a novel combination of two forms of immunotherapy can be highly effective for treating lung cancer, which causes more deaths than any other form of cancer.(ANI)
In a recent study, researchers have established in lab settings that a novel combination of two forms of immunotherapy can be highly effective for treating lung cancer, which causes more deaths than any other form of cancer.(ANI)

New combination of immunotherapies shows great promise for treating lung cancer

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:08 PM IST
In a recent study, researchers have established in lab settings that a novel combination of two forms of immunotherapy can be highly effective for treating lung cancer, which causes more deaths than any other form of cancer.
Close
Bone loss is known to be associated with the use of the breast cancer prevention drug Anastrozole partially reverses, particularly at the lumbar spine, after stopping treatment.(ANI)
Bone loss is known to be associated with the use of the breast cancer prevention drug Anastrozole partially reverses, particularly at the lumbar spine, after stopping treatment.(ANI)

Bone density loss from Anastrozole partially reverses after treatment stops

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:34 AM IST
A study by researchers from Queen Mary University of London shows that bone loss known to be associated with the use of the breast cancer prevention drug Anastrozole partially reverses, particularly at the lumbar spine, after stopping treatment.
Close
A new collaborative study reveals unexpected insights into how skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can worsen clinical symptoms in autoimmune diseases such as lupus.(ANI)
A new collaborative study reveals unexpected insights into how skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can worsen clinical symptoms in autoimmune diseases such as lupus.(ANI)

New insights into link between sunlight exposure and kidney damage

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 10:40 AM IST
A new collaborative study reveals unexpected insights into how skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can worsen clinical symptoms in autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP