Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will complete its planned life span of six months on March 24, informed Minister of State, Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in reply to un-starred questions in Lok Sabha today.
It was stated that the MOM was most economical interplanetary mission in the world that paved way for cost-effective access to deep space and won the credit for succeeding insertion around the orbit of Mars in first attempt.
It has been informed that since the health parameters of all critical systems of the satellite were very satisfactory, it was expected that it would outlive its planned life span of 6 months to send data on Mars during its different seasons.
Furthermore, Indian Space Research Organization has been awarded "Space Pioneer Award" for science and engineering category for the year 2015 by the US based National Space Society due to extremely successful MOM.
According to ISRO, the primary objective of the MOM was to showcase India's rocket launch systems, spacecraft-building and operations capabilities along with exploring Mars' surface features, morphology, mineralogy and atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments.