Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ISRO: India's Mars Orbiter Mission approach Mars orbit in 200 days

India's Mangalyaan, the Mars Orbiter mission, launched in November last year, is likely to reach the Red Planet in 200 days, the state-owned space agency has said.

"If everything goes as planned, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will get inserted into its Martian orbit around, exactly after 200 days from today," the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) reported on Friday evening.

To date, the Mars Orbiter mission has travelled 21 million km, after performing six orbit raising maneuvers around the Earth. 

PSLV-C25 carrying the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft was launched from Sriharikota on 05 November 2013.

The Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, India's first interplanetary probe, was launched by PSLV-C25 at 1438 hours on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. 

In its voyage towards Mars, the mission has successfully completed 100 days in space tomorrow (February 12, 2014). It is scheduled to reach Mars's orbit on Sept. 24 this year.

The spacecraft health is Normal. The spacecraft is continuously monitored by the ground station of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), located at Byalalu, near Bangalore. 

Except for a 40 minute break in the Telemetry data received from the spacecraft to the ground station, data has been continuously available for all the 100 days.

The propulsion system of the spacecraft is configured for TCMs and the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) Operation

On February 6, 2014, all the five payloads on Mars Orbiter spacecraft were switched 'ON' to check their health.

Mangalyaan, the Mars Orbiter mission, reaches its destination, India would become the world's sixth country after the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and China to achieve such a feat.

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