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India set to make space history today

India set to make space history today
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As India\'s Mars mission moved a step closer to home after the dormant main engine on the spacecraft was test-fired flawlessly, ISRO looked confident of giving one final nudge on Wednesday to put it in orbit around Mars that, if successful, would see it make space history.

ISRO looks confident of MOM success

  • 24-minute crucial operation begins at 7.18 am
  • PM to witness epoch-making final manoeuvre

Best Wishes: India’s Mars mission Mangalyaan will undergo the fourth and last manoeuvre ahead of entering the Martian Orbit, on Wednesday morning (Credit: Aaj Tak)Bangalore: As India's Mars mission moved a step closer to home after the dormant main engine on the spacecraft was test-fired flawlessly, ISRO looked confident of giving one final nudge on Wednesday to put it in orbit around Mars that, if successful, would see it make space history.

In the final lap, the operation is scheduled to be performed at 07:17:32 hours on Wednesday by firing the LAM along with eight smaller liquid engines for about 24 minutes.

The tricky manoeuvre involves slowing down the spacecraft now moving at benumbing speed to be captured in the Martian orbit, success of which would make India the first country to go to Mars in the maiden attempt. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will witness the crucial insertion at the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore. The main engine on the spacecrat, in slumber since the 300-day journey began, was woken up on Monday, though for four seconds after a successful crucial manoeuvre that has raised the confidence level of ISRO scientists. The 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) on Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was fired on December 01, 2013.

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