How Big Data is Fuelling Indian Space Exploration

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Thanks to the growing sophistication and falling cost of space satellites, more businesses are investing in space exploration to fuel data-driven insights that can be put to use on Earth. In farming, satellites are being used to monitor factors that affect crop yield. In real estate, satellites are being used to identify areas prone to flooding. The applications are endless!

In fact, India’s maiden interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), recently completed four years! After successfully placing itself into Martian orbit in its first attempt on September 24, 2014, the satellite Mangalyaan has been collecting data about the planet ever since!

Scientists have been able to create a global atlas of Mars using the 980+ images that have been captured by MOM’s camera. The mission is also helping them understand how Martian weather systems work via the satellite’s 5 solar-powered instruments that record data. Using this data, scientists can get one step closer to understanding what happened to the water that is believed to have once existed on the planet.

With a total cost of Rs. 450 Crores, the Mars Orbiter Mission shows us just how valuable data can be to further scientific research in space exploration.

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