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Biggest Moon On Mars: ISRO's Mangalyan Captures Image Of Phobos
ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket
Biggest Moon On Mars: ISRO's Mangalyaan Captures Image Of Phobos
New Delhi: The image of Phobos, the closet, and the biggest moon of Mars has been captured by the Mars Colour Camera(MCC) onboard ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission.
The image was taken on July 1 when MOM was about 7,200 km from Mars and 4,200 km from Phobos.
ISRO in an update along with the image said that "Spatial resolution of the image is 210 m. This is a composite image generated from 6 MCC frames and has been color corrected,".
Phobos is largely believed to be made up of carbonaceous chondrites.
As per the 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 said.
The mission that is also known as Magalyaaan was initially meant to last six months, but subsequently, ISRO had said it had enough fuel for it to last "many years".
On September 24, 2014, the country had successfully placed the Mars Orbiter Mission Mission spacecraft in orbit around the red planet, in the very first attempt, thus breaking into an elite club.
The ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odysseys on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.
It had escaped the earth's gravitational field on December 1, 2013.
The Rs 450 crore MOM mission aims at studying the Martain surface and the mineral composition as well as scan its atmosphere for methane.
The Mars Orbiter has five scientific instruments - Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer
(With Inputs from PTI)