Mangalyaan sends its first 3D Mars images

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has uploaded a 3D image of Mars that has been generated using multiple pictures acquired by Mars Color Camera in the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) - commonly known by the spacecraft's name, Mangalyaan.

On its Facebook page, ISRO writes,  "An anaglyph 3D image of Mars - generated using multiple pictures acquired by Mars Color Camera." MOM had entered the Martian orbit on September 24 and the images were taken by MOM's Mars Colour Camera from an altitude of nearly 74,500 km on September 28. Users will have to use 3D glasses in order to view the image.

A shot of Martian atmosphere. I'm getting better at it. No pressure.

— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 25, 2014

To help you view the images, the site has also tweeted how you could build your own 3D glasses. MOM tweeted,  "What sorcery is this? Get your 3D glasses to look at Mars the way I do."  

What sorcery is this? Get your 3D glasses to look at Mars the way I do! — ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 30, 2014


Something's brewing here!

— ISRO's Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 29, 2014

The Mars Orbiter Mission was achieved on a budget of $74 million, nearly a tenth of the amount the U.S. space agency NASA spent on sending the Maven spacecraft to Mars.

“History has been created today,” said PM Narendra Modi, who burst into applause along with hundreds of scientists at the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) when it was announced the mission had been accomplished.

India now joins the United States, Russia and Europe in successfully sending probes to orbit or land on Mars. Apart from India, no other country has managed to succeed on their first attempt.

The mission also makes India the first country in Asia to reach Mars, after an attempt by regional rival China failed to leave Earth’s orbit in 2011.

ISRO successfully ignited the main 440 Newton liquid engine and eight small thrusters that fired for 24-minutes and trimmed the speed of the craft to allow smooth orbit. A confirmation of orbit entry was received at around 8 a.m. India time (0230 GMT).

After completing the 666 million km (414 million miles) journey in more than 10 months, the spacecraft Mangalyaan – meaning 'Mars craft' in Hindi – is now studying the red planet’s surface and scanning its atmosphere for chemical methane. It will not land on Mars.

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