In the latest achievement, the Indian Space Research Organisation‘s (ISRO) Mangalayan has recently shared the Image picture of Mars biggest moon, Phobos.
The latest pictures of the mysterious moon Phobos was captured on July 1st, 2020. According to ISRO, the images were captured by the Mars Colour Camera (MCC) when Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from a distance of 4,200 km when it was 7,200 km away from Planet Mars with a Spatial image resolution of 210 m.
Phobos which is not only referred to one of the largest Moon of Mars but also it is the mysterious Moon that exists for the Red planet.
Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has imaged Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars, on 1st July when MOM was about 7200 km from Mars and at 4200 km from Phobos,
The violent phase that Phobos has encountered is seen in the large section gouged out from a past collision (Stickney crater) and bouncing ejecta,
Stickney, the largest crater on Phobos along with the other craters (Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig) are also seen in this image,
ISRO launched Mission Mangalyan on November 5, 2013, by launch system PSLV-C25 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The mission of orbiting around Mars started in September 2014. Mangalayan is equipped with a colour camera, thermal imaging spectrometer which primarily maps the surface and mineral wealth of Mars.
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Mangalayan has been provided with 5 instruments which include a sensor that is responsible for tracking methane gas/marsh gas, a colour camera, thermal imaging spectrometer which primarily maps the surface and mineral wealth of the planet Mars.
Mars is known to have 2 moons. Phobos is believed to be the innermost and also the larger moon. These 2 moons were discovered in 1877. It took 450 crores budget and 15 months time to make Mangalayan.
Astronomically, Phobos is named after the Greek God Phobos, who is the son of Mars (Ares) and Venus (Aphrodite).