Mars Orbiter Mission: As it happened

India is set to launch its first mission to the Red Planet on Tuesday.

By Philaso G. Kaping | Last Updated: Nov 05, 2013, 17:33 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Philaso G Kaping

03:30 pm: Mars orbiter spacecraft separates from Polar
rocket, successfully put into Earth`s orbit.

02:55 pm: PSLV-C25 will inject the spacecraft into Earth`s orbit after 40 minutes from lift-off.

02:38 pm: PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Mission lifts off for a historic mission to the Red Planet.

02:25: Final countdown to begin shortly

The PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Mission is set to lift-off from Sriharikota spaceport at 02:38 pm (IST).

01:30 pm: Mobile Service Tower (MST) withdrawn upto 150 metres. Countdown to the lift-off is normal.

6:08 am: All vehicle systems switched on for countdown

"The countdown is progressing normally. All vehicle systems were switched on for the final eight and half hour countdown which started at 6:08 AM," a spokesman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

Nov 05, 2013: Propellant filling operations of second stage (PS2) completed.

Nov 04, 2013: Mobile Service Tower (MST) covering the 44.4 metre rocket withdrawn upto 50 metres to facilitate the launch. Propellant filling of second stage (PS2) commenced.

Nov 03, 2013: 56 and half hr countdown of Mission began at 06:08 hrs. Propellant filling of PS4 stage and RCT completed.

Nov 02, 2013: Pre-count down activities initiated at 08:45 hrs.

Nov 01, 2013: PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Mission approved and cleared for launch.

Oct 31, 2013: Launch rehearsal of PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Mission successfully completed.

Oct 30, 2013: Preparations for launch rehearsal initiated. Check on the craft and launched vehicle completed.

Oct 22, 2013: Integration of the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft with the Launcher PSLV-C25 completed.