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India's Mars mission back on track: space agency

11-12-2013 14:01 BJT

NEW DELHI, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- India's state-owned space agency Tuesday said that its maiden Mars mission is back on track with the spacecraft being moved to a higher velocity as planned.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that the Mars Orbiter was successfully raised to over 100,000 km apogee ( farthest point from Earth) early this morning, a day after it encountered its first hurdle.

"Fourth supplementary orbit raising maneuver of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, starting at 05:03:50 hrs (India Standard Time) Nov. 12, 2013, with a burn time of 303.8 seconds has been successfully," the ISRO said in a statement.

On Monday, the Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan hit its first hurdle during a fourth repositioning when the thruster engines briefly failed. In fact, the problem occurred during a maneuver designed to boost the craft's maximum distance from 71,623 km to 100,000 km.

But, ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said: "All is well and operations completed as planned."

The ISRO chief had said Monday that a failure analysis committee would examine the glitch the spacecraft had hit, but added that crucially, not much fuel was wasted in the failed attempt.

Mangalyaan was launched last Tuesday, for an 11-month trip to the Red Planet.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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