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Indian probe begins journey to Mars

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Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2013 01:44 AM by AlexMuller

India's mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet. Early on Sunday the spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes, giving it the correct velocity to leave Earth's orbit. It will now cruise for 680m km (422m miles), setting up an encounter with its target on 24 September 2014.

 
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, is designed to demonstrate the technological capability to reach Mars orbit. But the $72m (£45m) probe will also carry out experiments, including a search for methane gas in the planet's atmosphere.
 
MOM tweeted: "Earth orbiting phase of the #Mangalyaan ended and now is on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun." The head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) K Radhakrishnan said the operation to leave orbit had passed off well.
 
Since launch on 5 November, the craft has progressively raised its orbit around Earth with a series of engine burns. The manoeuvres were all successful apart from the fourth, carried out on 11 November, during which a problem with the liquid fuel thruster caused the MOM to fall short of the mark.
 
But Isro has made plans for the eventuality that changes need to be made to the 1,350kg spacecraft's course.

Tags: spaceMarsRed PlanetMars Orbiter MissionIndia

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
+3
Another successful step for MOM. Mars is going to have many visitors later next year Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
+2
Finally, Mars is getting attention that it deserves. Learning history of Mars could give us important pointers about our own planet Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
+1
Scientists have no doubts that oceans and rivers once pooled on the surface of Mars, but what happened to all that water is a long-standing mystery
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
+0
It is also important to find out about minerals across Mars. In particular about aluminum-rich clay minerals and those that containe iron and magnesium
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
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Yes, fist get there safely without big accidents and then we can explore Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-02
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Mars was so far explored just enough to be very intriguing. Many speculation about life forms and water have been debated- it is time to find out more Reply


 

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