Highlights:

  • On Friday, Isro chairman said the next mission of Indian will also be an orbital one and not a landing mission.
  • On Friday, a day after the rover’s landing, Nasa had shared pictures, including the first color pictures beamed directly from Mars as opposed to images touched up later.
  • The ISRO Chairman informed that the second mission of India will be an orbital mission.
  • He stated that after the MOM-2 mission, Isro will be planning the landing mission on mars, but currently, its main priority is Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan missions. 

On Friday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman, K Sivan Friday said that the next mission of India will be an orbital one and not a landing mission on Mars. The statement came while congratulating Nasa scientists for the successful landing of their ‘Perseverance’ rover on Mars. 

On Friday, a day after the rover’s landing on Mars, Nasa had shared pictures, including the first color pictures beamed directly from Mars as opposed to images touched up later. The ISRO Chairman stated that it is tough to land on the Martian surface but the scientist of NASA did it. K Sivan hailed the team for success. On the role of Indian-Americans like Swati Mohan, a Nasa scientist who led the guidance, navigation, and control operations of the Perseverance Rover Mission, Sivan added that he is happy to see Indian-Americans doing an outstanding job in space missions abroad.

Swati Mohan who traveled to the US from India when she was just a year old, confirmed the Perseverance touchdown. The task of her team was to figure out how the spacecraft was oriented and make sure it was pointed correctly in space – “solar arrays to the sun, antenna to Earth and maneuver the spacecraft to get it where we want to go.” 

The ISRO Chairman informed that the second mission of India will be an orbital mission and a call for proposals via an announcement of opportunity had been made already to seek proposals for scientific experiments from academia and Institutions. The payload capability of the proposed spacecraft will be around 100 Kg and 100 W. Therefore, based on the final configuration, the final values will be tuned. He stated that after the MOM-2 mission, Isro will be planning the landing mission on mars, but currently, its main priority is Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan missions. 

The first Mars mission of India MOM-1 successfully entered the orbit of mars back on 24 September 2014, making India the first Asian country to reach Martian orbit. The Mars orbiter ever since then had sent a thousand pictures of the Red planet totaling over two terabytes, giving significant data about Mars. 

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