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Mars Orbiter Mission closer to its destination

July 5, 2014

Bangalore: The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) achieved a crucial milestone as the spacecraft completed 75 per cent of its journey to the Red Planet, along the designated helio-centric trajectory.

"The MOM spacecraft has finished a distance of approximately 510 million kilometres on its heliocentric arc towards Mars Capture. With this, three fourth of the journey to mars has been completed," Isro updated on its social media page.

MOM is carrying compact science experiments, of a total mass of 15 kg. The five pay loads are of the Layman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for MARS (MES), Martian Exospheric Composition Explorer (MENCA), MARS Colour Camera (MCC) and TIR imaging spectrometer (TIS). Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was launched onboard PSLV-C25 on November 5, 2013.

Isro has been continuously monitoring the spacecraft using its Deep Space Network, complemented by that of NASA-JPL. The Rs450 crore expedition seeks to reveal whether there is methane on the Red Planet, as it is considered a precursor chemical for life. The Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) manoeuvre would be performed on September 24 when the spacecraft enters the Mars Orbit.

Credit:dna correspondent

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Source: DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)

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