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Launch of Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) - MANGALYAAN

 The launch of India's first interplanetary probe, Mars Orbiter Spacecraft on-board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - PSLV-C25 (in its XL version), went off exactly as planned on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
The lift-off time of the 1,337 kg Mars Orbiter with 852 kg fuel and 15 kg of scientific instruments was 10:08 hrs CET (14:38 hrs IST).
When the Orbiter reaches its destination successfully, which will be in September 2014, it will undertake measurements of:
  1. methane with the Methane Sensor for Mars;
  2. deuterium and hydrogen in the Martian exosphere with the Lyman Alpha Photometer;
  3. density distribution with the Martian Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser;
  4. morphological features with the Mars Colour Camera; and
  5. thermal emissions from the Martian surface with the Thermal Imaging Spectrometer
The trajectory of the spacecraft post-separation would be tracked from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory facilities at Goldstone (U.S), Madrid (Spain) and Canberra (Australia).
 Berlin, 05 Nov 2013
 
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 Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft attached to the 4th stage of PSLV-C25 and ready for heat shield closure
 
 PSLV-C25 with heat shield closed
 
PSLV-C25 Lift Off

 

 

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