The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for its second Mars mission, known as the Mangalyaan-2 mission or the Mars Orbiter Mission-2.
This significant undertaking comes nearly nine years after the groundbreaking success of the initial Mars mission.
While National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extensively explored Mars through missions like the Perseverance rover, ISRO's Mangalyaan-2 mission takes a unique approach.
Unlike the Perseverance mission, which included a Mars rover, ISRO's mission will primarily focus on studying the planet from orbit.
Mangalyaan-2's objectives include conducting an in-depth examination of interplanetary dust, the Martian atmosphere, and the planet's environment.
This comprehensive study aims to shed light on the planet's formation and its potential habitability.
The Perseverance rover mission, in contrast, collected Martian rock and regolith for further analysis, providing valuable insights into the planet's geological history and potential signs of past life.
Both ISRO and NASA share similar goals, aiming to enhance our understanding of Mars, its evolution, climate, atmosphere, and environment.
While ISRO is yet to disclose detailed information about the Mangalyaan-2 mission, further updates are expected as the mission's development progresses.
Notably, the timeline for the mission is a key consideration. The first Mangalyaan mission, originally designed for a six-month duration, far exceeded expectations by continuing its mission for several years.
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