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Gale crater is located near the northwestern part of the Aeolis quadrangle. The crater was named after Walter Frederic Gale, an Australian amateur astronomer of 19th century. Aeolis Mons rises (5.5 km) from the floor of the Gale crater. Gale crater formed when a meteor hit Mars in its early history, about 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago. This image is taken by Mars Colour Camera on January 17, 2015 at an altitude of 9004 km with a resolution of 468 m.

Gale crater as seen by Mars Colour Camera on board Mars Orbiter Mission
 

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Taytay Crater is an impact crater in the Oxia Palus quadrangle of Mars, located at 0 .37° N and 19.65° W. It is 18.4 km in diameter and was named after Taytay Philippines. Mars colour camera has taken this image on 13th August 2015 at an altitude of 3419 km with a resolution of 170 m

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Isro Says 6-Month Mars Mission Will Now Last for 'Many Years'

As it prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of its spacecraft's tryst with Mars, Isro Monday said the mission to the Red Planet will last for "many years" as there is not much of a "problem" and they have not had any failures so far. "Mars (mission) is expected to last for many years now, because it has gone through solar conjunction also; so we don't see much of a problem," Isro Chairman AS Kiran Kumar told reporters in Bengaluru. "We had planned it only for six months. Then we were not expecting so much fuel to remain after we completed our insertion activity," he said. Pointing out that about 35kg of fuel was still left, he said, "There is still a lot of fuel... all other subsystems are working fine and so far we have not had any failures." Kiran Kumar was speaking on the sidelines of Prof Satish Dhawan Commemoration Lecture that was delivered by Dr K Radhakrishnan, a former chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation ( Isro). The event was organised by the Institution of Engineers (India)'s Karnataka state centre in Bengaluru. Scripting space history, India on September 24, 2014, had successfully placed its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet on its very first attempt, breaking into an elite club of three nations. Isro will mark the first anniversary of Mars Orbit Insertion by releasing an atlas containing photos taken by the colour camera on board the spacecraft.


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MCC image, taken on September 03, 2015 at an altitude of 6144 km with a resolution of 320 m, shows an intermediate sized shield volcano known as Tharsis Tholus. It is located in the eastern Tharsis region of the planet Mars. The Tharsis Tholus is dome-shaped with flank slopes ranging from less than 1° near the summit to up to 16° at the base. The average flank slope is 10°, making it one of the steepest volcanoes on Mars. The volcano rises to an elevation of about 9 km (5.5 miles).
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Olympus Mons is the largest volcano in the solar system which is present on planet Mars. The altitude of Olympus Mons is nearly three times the altitude of the largest peak on Earth, Mt.Everest. Tharsis volcanoes are Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons. Tharsis Montes are product of volcanism and they are associated with tectonic processes which caused extensive crustal deformation in this area. Water vapor clouds are seen around mons top which is a usual phenomenon during this season in Mars. This image is taken by MCC on November 27, 2015 at an altitude of 32,282 km with a resolution of 1679 m

Olympus Mons - Picture from Mars Orbiter
 

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"We had planned it only for six months. Then we were not expecting so much fuel to remain after we completed our insertion activity," he said.
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Mars should celebrate new year with fireworks...............how about a adding a thermonuclear cracker in the payload next time ISRO:cowboy:
You just stole my thoughts but Mars is too near so nuclear test can be detected.
We should do it in deep space with this new monster rocket currently in study by a special team. It's told objectives are to sample return mission to Moon and to make an Indian Space Station in future.
This rocket is enough powerful to penetrate as deep as in space where US eyes can't detect our test.
Yet there are current concepts of launch vehicles in development:
Format : GTO/LEO
Medium:
1.5t/4t
Mid heavy:
3t/8t
4.5t/12t
6t/15t
Heavy:
10-12t/2025t
Super Heavy:
Unknown/35t
Unknown/67t
Unknown/84t
Unknown/100-150t
I've watched these concepts in recent visit to Bangalore for a Science Quiz( with ISRO Scients themselves. :peace: I shaked hands with them)
I've managed to get the official link of heavy rocket.

http://www.vssc.gov.in/VSSC_V4/index.php/technology/heavy-lift-launch-vehicles
Here are not details but you can discuss them in space forums.
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Latest Picture from Mars Orbiter

This MCC picture portrays a large area of Mars covering almost 1800 km x 1800 km. MCC frames cover different extents according to the altitude of the spacecraft. MCC frame captures 20 km x 20 km when MOM is in perigee and the entire Mars Disc from altitudes 60,000 km onwards.

The major features with high (bright) and low (dark) albedo regions are covered in this shot. High albedo regions are those covered by fine dust layer which are rich in ferrous oxide contents and the low ones represents bare rock basaltic regions.

This image is taken on Dec 11, 2015 at an altitude of 16,547 km and resolution of 827 m.




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Latest Picture from Mars Orbiter

This MCC picture portrays a large area of Mars covering almost 1800 km x 1800 km. MCC frames cover different extents according to the altitude of the spacecraft. MCC frame captures 20 km x 20 km when MOM is in perigee and the entire Mars Disc from altitudes 60,000 km onwards.

The major features with high (bright) and low (dark) albedo regions are covered in this shot. High albedo regions are those covered by fine dust layer which are rich in ferrous oxide contents and the low ones represents bare rock basaltic regions.

This image is taken on Dec 11, 2015 at an altitude of 16,547 km and resolution of 827 m.




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The Brightest desert region of Mars

MCC image taken over one of the brightest desert regions of Mars called Thymiamata located at the areographic coordinates (10°N, 10°W) surrounded by Shardi, Trouvelot, Rutherford, Radau, Marth and Kalocsa craters outside the image frame.

The features found in this image are yet to be named, other than the Thymiamata region.

This image was captured on August 13, 2015 from an altitude of 4490 km with a resolution of 225 m and has been enhanced for visual appeal.
 

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Here’s The Story Behind India’s Space Program And How ISRO Took Us To Mars:

India succesfully launched an unmanned autonomous vehicle to Mars two years ago. It entered the Mars orbit in the first try and became a groundbreaking achievement for scientists at NASA.

Ritu Karidhal, Deputy Operations Director of the mission, spoke at a TEDx Talks (Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsT0YIqwnpJCM-mx7-gSA4Q) Gateway about her experience during the entire mission and it is quite inspiring.

Source: http://www.storypick.com/tedx-talk-mars-orbiter-mission/
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