Date for India’s Mars Mission Mangalyaan to be Finalized Today

BANGALORE: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists are meeting today here in Bangalore headquarters to finalize the exact day for the launch of Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan on PSLV C25 from Sriharikota, which is likely to be on 28 October, 2013.

ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, however, said, "The exact date and time of the launch will be decided in a meeting today. So by tomorrow, we will get to know the exact time and date of the launch."

The Mangalyaan, India’s Rs. 450-crore first Mars Orbiter mission, would go around the Earth for 25 days before getting ejected into the deep space nine month voyage to Mars.

The Mars mission will conduct experiments looking for signs of life on Mars, take pictures of Mars and study the Martian surface and environment.

If successful, ISRO would become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after Russia’s Roscosmos, USA’s NASA, and Europe’s ESA.

NASA would provide communications and navigation support to the mission which is likely to be launched on 28 October 2013.

The Indian Deep Space Network will perform navigation and tracking operations and NASA’s Deep Space Network will provide support services during the non-visible period of the Indian Deep Space Network.

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