posted on Dec, 2 2013 @ 12:05 PM
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission
spacecraft crosses lunar orbit
”MOM is now the farthest object sent into space by India,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Monday.
The Mars Orbiter spacecraft is expected to reach the Red Planet Mars on September 24, 2014 after a 300-day journey around the sun
MOM sent these pictures earlier
Payload of MOM
The 15 kg (33 lb) scientific payload consists of five instruments:
Lyman-Alpha Photometer (LAP)
— a photometer that measures the relative abundance of deuterium and hydrogen from Lyman-alpha emissions in the
upper atmosphere. Measuring the deuterium/hydrogen ratio will allow an estimation of the amount of water loss to outer space.
Methane Sensor For Mars (MSM)
— will measure methane in the atmosphere of Mars, if any, and map its sources.
Particle environment studies
Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA)
— is a quadrupole mass analyzer capable of analysing the neutral composition of
particles in the exosphere.
Surface imaging studies
Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS)
— will measure the temperature and emissivity of the Martian surface, allowing for the mapping of
surface composition and mineralogy of Mars.
Mars Colour Camera (MCC) — will provide images in the visual spectrum, providing context for the other instruments.
edit on 2-12-2013 by maddy21 because: Finally figured out how to correctly link images