Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India's first interplanetary mission has completed 90 percent of its journey to the Red planet, according to an ISRO official on Thursday. This means, now it's just 27 days away for the spacecraft to enter into the Mars orbit.
As India's Mars orbiter nears its destination, scientists at ISRO are gearing to undertake a "challenging task" on September 24 when they would restart the onboard liquid engine, which has been in sleep mode for nearly ten months, for a critical manoeuvre of the spacecraft.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said that “Mangalyaan”, India`s first inter-planetary mission to Mars was on its course and the orbiter would reach the Martian orbit on September 24 as per schedule.
India`s ambitious maiden inter- planetary voyage Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), launched in November last year, has covered over 21 million km and as of today is exactly 200 days away from reaching the red planet`s orbit on September 24.
Strengthening its advancement towards space research, India is all set to launch four foreign satellites in 2014-15 in the Earth`s lower orbit, using its workhorse polar rocket, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources.
Two days after successfully injecting its Mars Orbiter into trans-Mars trajectory, ISRO revealed that a thunderstorm in South Africa, which struck above a ground station identified to track the "crucial moment" had resulted in a five minute delay in following the Indian mission.