India`s Mars probe performs third orbit raising manoeuvre

The third of the five orbit raising manoeuvres of Mars Orbiter spacecraft has been successfully completed early Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

Zee Media Bureau\Philaso G Kaping

Sriharikota: The third of the five orbit raising manoeuvres of Mars Orbiter spacecraft has been successfully completed early Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

The manoeuvre, which began at 02:10:43 hrs (IST), raised the apogee from 40186 kms to 71636 kms, with a burn time of 707 seconds.

The first and second orbit-raising manoeuvres of the spacecraft were performed on November 7 and 8 respectively.

India’s first interplanetary spacecraft was launched into an elliptical earth orbit onboard PSLV C 25 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, on November 05, 2013.

The 1,340-kg spacecraft will orbit earth for nearly a month before the final firing on December 1 which will send the Orbiter on Mars Transfer Trajectory.

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