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Emily LakdawallaSeptember 23, 2014

How I will be watching Mars Orbiter Mission's arrival

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.

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
Sep 24
Sep 23
Sep 23
Forward rotation starts -21m Sep 24
Sep 24
Sep 24
Sep 23
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
MOI start   07:30:02 04:00:02 02:00:02 19:00:02
Mars occultation start +4m 18s 07:34:20 04:04:20 02:04:20 19:04:20
Telemetry off +5m 07:35:02 04:05:02 02:05:02 19:05:02
Eclipse ends +19.48m 07:49:31 04:19:31 02:19:31 19:19:31
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

Read more: Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), mission status

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