Mars Orbiter Mission

1. What is Mangalyaan / Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)?

Mangalyaan / Mars Orbiter Mission is a space probe orbiting Mars and is India’s first interplanetary mission to the planet Mars.


2. When, and from where, Mars Orbiter Mission was launched?

Mars Orbiter Mission was launched on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota (SHAR), India.


3. When did Mars Orbiter Mission reach Mars?

Mars Orbiter Mission reached the orbit of Mars on 24 September 2014.


4. What is the mission life of Mars Orbiter Mission?

Designed mission life of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is six months and is over by  23rd March 2015. But MOM has successfully completed six years in its orbit as on 24th September 2020.


5. What are Mars Orbiter Mission’s scientific goals?

To understand Mars' surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments.


6. What are the scientific instruments onboard Mars Orbiter Mission?

Mars Orbiter Mission carries five scientific instruments, namely Mars Colour Camera (MCC), Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP) and Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA).


7. Provide a list of Mars Orbiter Mission scientific publications for getting scientific findings.

The list of scientific publications related to Mars Orbiter Mission is provided in the following link.


8. Is the scientific data available to public?

Yes. Mars Orbiter Mission scientific data is available to registered users. For accessing the data, visit the following link.


9. Is there any Life on Mars?

Direct evidence on life on Mars has not been reported so far.