Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully placed in Mars transfer trajectory

Dec 1, 2013 14:00 IST

Mars Orbiter SpacecraftIndia’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully placed in Mars transfer trajectory on 1 December 2013 by ISRO scientists.

Now, the Mars spacecraft will travel 780 million kilometers (485 million miles) over 300 days (ten months) to reach an orbit around Mars planet in September 2014. With this achievement the journey towards Mars, Mangalyaan has reached the next phase of its journey.

The team of scientists at ISRO telemetry, Tracking and Command network Bangalore will monitor every minute detail of the movement of the orbiter. It was raised in six stages until it reached 1.92 lakh kilometres as it circled earth several times.

PSLV C25 carrying the orbiter was placed in the earth's orbit on the 5th November 2013 and is expected to reach the Mars orbit in September 2014. This landmark technological mission of ISRO will fulfill the objective of deep space communication, navigation, mission planning and management.

The flight path of the vehicle will be monitored by ground stations at Canberra in Australia,Goldstone in the US and Madrid in Spain. The Indian Space Science data centre will receive and disseminate the payload datas of the Mangalyaan.

One of the payloads in the spacecraft the Mars Colour Camera is already in operation. The other payloads are lyman alpha photometer, Methane sensor for mars, mars exospheric neutral composition analyser and Thermal infrared imaging spectrometer to understand the soil features and minerals available in the red planet- the Mars.

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Who: ISRO , India

What: Mangalyaan

When: 1 December 2013

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