Crossing a major milestone in the country's space history, ISRO's Mars Orbiter mission today ventured out of Earth's sphere of influence for the first time in an attempt to reach the red planet's orbit.
ISRO performed the trans-Mars injection, a "crucial event" intended for hurling its Mars Orbiter spacecraft into the planned orbit around the Sun almost an hour past midnight (IST), marking the first step towards the 300 day voyage to reach the orbit of the red planet after crossing roughly 680 million kilometre.
"The Trans Mars Injection (TMI) operations, which began at 00.49 hours (IST) completed," ISRO said in a statement.
ISRO has planned four mid-course corrections in case of any deviation along its path to the Martian orbit.
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