See the Stunning New Portrait of Mars from Indiaâ€™s MOM Spacecraft | TIME
Geege Schuman stashed this in Mars
Indiaâ€™s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM),Â which began orbiting the Red Planet on Sept. 23, has already sent back a stunning new portrait of Mars. The image taken Sept. 28 showsÂ the beginnings of a dust stormÂ on the surface of the planet and was taken by the Mars Color Camera aboard the spacecraft. The Mars Orbiter will be collecting images and other data from the planetâ€™s surface and atmosphere usingÂ five sensors, four of which have already been switched on.
This data will be shared with NASA, according toÂ an agreement signed on Sept. 30Â between the two agencies to collaborate on Mars exploration. NASAâ€™s MAVEN spacecraft entered Marsâ€™s orbit just two days ahead of MOM, and will be able to receive data from Opportunity and Curiosity rovers on the planetâ€™s surface.
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