Mars mission in blackout stage

mars-1The prestigious Mars orbiter mission by Isro, intended for investigation on Mars will enter the blackout phase snapping communication ties with the satellite for 15 days. The Sun will block Mars from the earth starting from today till June 22. Mars Orbiter Mission will go into an autonomous mode and take decisions on its own, said scientists. This is the first time that 15-day communication break for Isro with the satellite. They are confident about reviving full control over Mom after the aforesaid black out. However, they expressed confidence about regaining control over the satellite once the blackout phase is over, and said, the scenario has been tested for earlier line of communication will be established.

Mom’s lifetime was extended in March to another six months as there was sufficient fuel. Same scene will be repeated in case the lifetime of Mars was extended for another six months in May. Earth will stand between the Sun and Moon then. The ISRO spacecraft was launched on nine-month odyssey on a home grown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013 and had escaped the earth’s gravitational field on December 1, 2013.

Medaram Jathara

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