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Mars orbiter spacecraft to reach target in 75 days

ISRO performed the second Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM-2) on the orbiter as a mid-course correction to keep the spacecraft on course

Press Trust of India  |  Bangalore 

Mars Orbiter Mission

Exactly 75 days from today, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target.

Spacecraft has travelled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc. Radio signals from earth now take 15 minutes to reach MOM and return, Bangalore headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation said.


MOM's Mars Orbit Insertion is planned exactly 75 days from today, said in a post on its Mars Orbit Mission Facebook page.

In the last crucial milestone on June 11, performed the second Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM-2) on the orbiter as a mid-course correction to keep the spacecraft on course.

has planned another trajectory correction manoeuvre in August before the Mars Orbit Insertion in September.

The ambitious under a Rs 450 crore project was launched from Sriharikota in onboard the Pollar Satellite Launch Vehicle on November 5 last with an aim to reach the red planet's atmosphere by September 24.

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