Mars Orbitor Mission (MOM)

  • MOM stands for Mars Orbitor Mission (Mangalyan)
  • Launched by ISRO in 2013
  • Launched via PSLV-XL C-25
  • The MOM entered into the orbit of Mars on September 2014.
  • It is India’s first interplanetary mission and ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.
  • The mission is a “technology demonstrator” project to develop the technologies for designing, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission.
  • Why in news? It has completed 1000 days in Mars orbit, 5 times more than its expected lifetime.

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