Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan’s Independence Day Gift: 3D Pictures Of Great Mars Canyon

As India marks 69th Independence Day celebration, the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) celebrated this occasion by releasing Mangalyaan’s 3-D imaging of the Valles Marineris, a canyon on Mars that is the solar system’s largest.

Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) has achieved far more in its scheduled 6-month trip to the Red planet.

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Reconstructed 3-D view of the Ophir Chasma on Mars. (Photo courtesy: ISRO)

The feature captured with the Mars Colour Camera is called the Opir Chasma; the Mangalyaan took the pictures when it was at an altitude of 1857 km from the surface of the red planet Mars.

The Valles Marineris canyon system is 5000 km long and has many chasmas or valleys. The Opir Chashma is about 62 km wide and is bordered by high-walled cliffs.

The Mangalyaan mission costed Rs. 450 crores, a fraction of cost usually spent by many other nations. It was also the first successful mission to Mars.

In June, the space research organisation or ISRO was presented with the Space Pioneer award for the year 2015 by the US’ National Space Society for Mangalyaan.

Source: FN

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