On November 5, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched a spacecraft that will orbit our neighbor Mars. The spacecraft, called the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), is going to take about 300 days to make its way to Mars before starting its orbit around the planet. One of MOM’s mission is to study the Martian surface and atmosphere. MOM won’t be lonely. There are already a few spacecrafts currently orbiting Mars and sending data back to Earth. Mars Odyssey has been orbiting the planet since 2001, and it has set a record of being the longest-serving spacecraft around Mars. The Mars Express Orbiter has been orbiting the planet since 2003, while the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been doing so since 2006. They’ll soon have another friend joining them. NASA, the American space agency, is expected to launch the Mars orbiter called MAVEN later this month.
You can watch a video about MOM here.
Here is a fun website about planets created by NASA.
Did you know?
If the sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be the size of a nickel (an American 5 cent coin), and Mars would be about as big as an aspirin tablet. (source: NASA)
Image Credits: The Indian Space Research Organisation for MOM’s image
Sources: http://www.isro.org/ and nasa.gov