India’s Space Agency Says Its Mars Orbiter Craft Has Lost Communication, Confirms Mission Over – Slashdot

Local newspaper Mint reports: The Indian Space Research Organisation on 3 October confirmed that the Mars Orbiter craft has lost communication with ground station, it’s non-recoverable and with this the Mangalyaan mission has attained end-of-life. Giving an update on the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ISRO was celebrating the completion of its eight years in the Martian orbit and commemorate MOM. Despite being designed for a life-span of six months as a technology demonstrator, the MOM lived for about eight years in the Martian orbit with a gamut of significant scientific results on Mars as well as on the Solar corona.

Though it has lost communication with the ground station, due to a long eclipse in April 2022, ISRO said. ISRO deliberated that the propellant must have been exhausted, and therefore, the “desired altitude pointing” could not be achieved for sustained power generation. “It was declared that the spacecraft is non-recoverable, and attained its end-of-life”, an ISRO statement said, adding, “The mission will be ever-regarded as a remarkable technological and scientific feat in the history of planetary exploration.”

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