Starting from today till June 22, the sun will block Mars from the earth snapping communication with the satellite. Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) during this period will go into an “autonomous mode” and will take its decisions, a senior Indian Space Research Organisation official told PTI.
“This will be for the first time that there will be a communication break for such a long period of about 15 days. During this period, there will not be any communication with the satellite,” he said.
“As eclipses or blackouts are a cosmic phenomenon in the solar system, no cause for concern as the Orbiter has been put on autonomous mode in advance by sending the required commands from here to survive the eclipse phase,” the official asserted.