MOM begins to map Mars
THIS IS one of the first images sent by the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). The image was taken from a height of 74,500 km by a tri-colour camera, one of the orbiter's five payloads. The hazy part in the northern hemisphere of Mars indicates a dust storm, says ISRO. The camera is expected to give information about the features and composition of Mars' surface, dynamic events taking place on the planet and changes in its weather. It will also be used to study Phobos and Deimos—the two satellites of Mars.