The first orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has been successfully completed, announced Indian Space Research Organisation on Thursday.
The manoeuvre commenced at 01:17 hrs to raise orbit of Mars Orbiter by around 4,120 km to 28,785 km.
India’s first interplanetary craft was launched on November 5 and successfully injected into Earth’s orbit.
The 1,340-kg spacecraft carries 852 kg of fuel and around 40 kg of the on-board fuel is expected to be burnt in the first of the six orbit-raising activities manoeuvre.
Dubbed ‘Mangalyaan’, this mission is aimed to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission and also to study the Martian surface and atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments.
Source: The Hindu