ISRO Mars Orbiter Completes 4 Years, Shares These Beautiful Pictures of the Red Planet
Mars Images (Photo credits: ISRO Twitter page)

India's maiden interplanetary mission -- the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) -- has completed four years orbiting the red planet, according to ISRO. Mar's Orbiter has shared images on its Twitter handle. It tweeted saying- "It's been four years since [the] Mars Orbiter successfully got inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt," Isro tweeted yesterday. "MOM's [Mars Orbiter Mission] mission life was expected to be six months!"

The space agency said the Mars Colour Camera had acquired more than 980 images. Although the designed mission life of MOM was six months, the satellite has continued to beam back science data from Mars for the past four years.

Take a look at some of the fabulous pictures of the moon-

MOM is built with full autonomy to take care of itself for long periods without any ground intervention. The spacecraft came out of communication 'blackout' during this period.

MOM is the only Martian artificial satellite which could image the full disc of Mars in one view frame and also image the far side of the Martian moon Deimos.

(With additional inputs from PTI)