The Indian space probe Mars Orbiter Mission ceased communication eight years after it was launched

The Indian space probe Mars Orbiter Mission ceased communication eight years after it was launched

The Indian space probe Mars Orbiter Mission, launched on 5 November 2013 for six months in orbit of the Red Planet, ceased to be in contact with ground tracking stations for eight long years.

The Indian space agency is trying to determine the reason for the interruption — the probe may have run out of fuel or solar power, or the ability to exchange information has been lost because of automatic manoeuvres that have led the antenna to the wrong direction.

The MOM zone, valued at about $55 million, was launched into Martian orbit by a PSLV-25 carrier rocket of the Indian Aerospace Agency ISRO on 24 September 2014.

According to Indian top-level publishing sources, although it is not yet known what caused the breakdown — energy and fuel problems due to prolonged manoeuvring or the wrong direction of the antenna — it is unlikely that control of the probe will be restored.

It is known that the probe carrying five modules, including the Methane Sensor methane sensor for Mars, only in its first year of orbit sent some 1 Tbyte data to Earth and at least 5 Tbytes for five years, although one of the mission ' s main objectives was the detection of methane, ISRO has not published any information on the detection of this gas; for the time being, it is necessary to complete the analysis of the vast amounts of data processed by numerous scientific organizations.