How I will be watching Mars Orbiter Mission's arrival
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
23-09-2014 17:04 CDT
Below are a few links to what will hopefully be working video feeds watching India's first-ever attempt to place a spacecraft into orbit around another planet. But, to be honest, I expect the best information to come through Twitter. Follow me on Twitter and I'll retweet every tiny whisper of news I come across.
- ISRO website video feed (Flash)
- ISRO website video feed (no Flash, for mobile devices)
- Two more alternate links for the ISRO feed: link 1 - link 2
- Doordarshan news live via Youtube
- Not sure if they'll have video, but Spaceflight Now always does a great job with live events and they'll be following this one!
- Live blog at CNN IBN, being updated by DP Satish
I and everyone else at The Planetary Society wish the best of luck to the Mars Orbiter Mission team, the Indian Space Research Organisation, and all Indians. I hope that the most exciting word we hear this evening is the space engineers' favorite understatement: "nominal." MAVEN made it look easy on Sunday, but it's never easy, and success should never be taken for granted.
Here's the timeline again. Go Mars Orbiter Mission!!
Note: The timeline below looks different from the official one because I have added 12.5 minutes to all the official times to account for the time it takes radio signals to travel from Mars back to Earth.
|Change over to Medium Gain Antenna||-3h||Sep 24
|Forward rotation starts||-21m||Sep 24
|Eclipse starts||-5m 13s||07:24:49||03:54:49||01:54:49||18:54:49|
|Attitude control with thrusters||-3m||07:27:02||03:57:02||01:57:02||18:57:02|
|Mars occultation start||+4m 18s||07:34:20||04:04:20||02:04:20||19:04:20|
|MOI end||+24m 14s||07:54:16||04:24:16||02:24:16||19:24:16|
|Reverse maneuver start||+25m 14s||07:55:16||04:25:16||02:25:16||19:25:16|
|Mars occultation ends||+27m 38s||07:57:40||04:27:40||02:27:40||19:27:40|
|Telemetry resumes||+30m 14s||08:00:16||04:30:16||02:30:16||19:30:16|