Nail biting moments gave way to celebratory mood at the command centre of Indian Space Research Organisation here today, as the historic arrival of India's spacecraft in the Martian orbit was announced.
A day after successfully test-firing its dormant main engine, scientists of the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) are all set to ensure India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission, which has already traversed 662 million km, enters the orbit of the red planet on Wednesday morning as planned.
President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of GSLV-D5 and injecting of GSAT-14 communication satellite into the intended orbit.
Enthused over its successful launch of GSLV D5 with GSAT-14 communication satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre here today, ISRO is planning a series of GSLV launches and an experimental launch of the advanced version GSLV Mark III soon from the spaceport.
The Indian space agency will decide on the need for a second rocket launch site after doing a detailed study on the cost-benefit and other aspects like the trend in remote sensing satellites, said its chief Monday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), that got global recognition for its successful launch of a mission to Mars, will now launch German, French, British and Canadaian satellites, a top official said.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), chief Dr. K. Radhakrishnan on Tuesday said the Indian Mars mission spacecraft will be moved from the earth- centric orbit towards the sun-centric orbit on December 1.
The head of India`s space agency, basking in plaudits after the launch of the country`s first voyage to Mars, was brought down to earth Thursday by criticism of his decision to seek divine blessing for the mission.
Asserting that its Rs 450- crore mission to Mars was not a wrong priority, Indian Space Research Organisation Tuesday said all the country`s space programmes are "people-centric" and every rupee has been accounted for.
Even as ISRO successfully launched the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), preparations are in full swing for flight-testing of GSLV with indigenous cryogenic engine, a key step to boost the country`s confidence in terms of its self-reliance in launch capability, on December 15.