Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO’s) Mars Orbital Mission (MOM) on July 1 captured images of Phobos, which is the largest moon of Mars.
The image was taken by Mars Colour Camera (MCC) when MOM was around 7,200 km from Mars and around 4,200km from Phobos.
“Spatial resolution of the image is 210 m. This is a composite image generated from 6 MCC frames and has been color corrected,” said ISRO is an update from the mission.
According to 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.” Phobos is believed to be largely made up of carbonaceous chondrites.
In the photo, you can witness Stickney which is one of the largest craters on Phobos. Along with Stickney other craters such as Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig can also be seen.
ISRO launched the MOM via PSLV from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on 5th November 2013 and it reached Mars orbit on September 24, 2014, after a 9th-month-long odyssey to Mars
The MOM mission is aimed to study the Martian surface for minerals and scan its atmosphere for methane.
The MOM mission has 5 scientific instruments namely Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospherutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS).
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