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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


 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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