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Mars mission: ISRO gears up for insertion

Mars mission: ISRO gears up for insertion
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As India\'s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) raced for its tryst with the red planet on September 24, Indian space scientists are gearing up for the critical manoeuvre of the spacecraft, sounding confident about the mission\'s success.

Bangalore: As India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) raced for its tryst with the red planet on September 24, Indian space scientists are gearing up for the critical manoeuvre of the spacecraft, sounding confident about the mission's success.

The spacecraft has covered 98 per cent of its 300-day odyssey and the critical manoeuvre would be performed when the scientists restart the onboard liquid engine which is in sleep mode for nearly 10 months.
Scientist Mylswamy Annadurai explains about the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft at ISRO Spacecraft Control Centre, Peenya in Bengaluru on Monday
The MOM, India's first interplanetary mission, was launched on November 5, 2013 by India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. At a media briefing, ISRO said it was confident about the MOM's success going by its performance so far.

Commands for inserting the Mars spacecraft into the Red Planet's orbit were being uploaded since yesterday and were expected to be completed on Tuesday, it said.

"The remaining crucial thing is Mars Orbit Insertion, and if you see some missions have failed because of failures in estimates in the distance from the mars, and if you see the history they were at very early stages," ISRO Scientific Secretary V Koteswara Rao said.

"We are very confident; there is no reason, not to be confident going by the performance of the system so far.”

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