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Congratulations due to India: Mars Orbiter Mission is on the way to Mars!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2013 • 35

Today I am delighted to welcome India into the ranks of interplanetary travelers: Mars Orbiter Mission has successfully propelled itself onto an interplanetary trajectory, departing Earth forever and setting sail for Mars. Congratulations to India, to the Indian Space Research Organisation, to the mission's scientists and engineers, and to the people of India.

Mars Orbiter Mission ready to fly onward from Earth to Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2013 • 10

Today is the day when India's Mars Orbiter Mission will fire its rocket to depart Earth and begin its 300-day journey to Mars. The rocket burn begins on December 1 at 00:49 IST (today at 19:19 UT / 11:19 PT).

Why are MAVEN and Mars Orbiter Mission taking such different paths to Mars?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2013 • 20

Two spacecraft launched for Mars this month: Mars Orbiter Mission on November 5, and MAVEN on November 18. MAVEN is now on an interplanetary trajectory, while Mars Orbiter Mission is still in Earth orbit and will not depart for Mars until the end of the month. A lot of people are asking me: why the difference? Here's your answer, with input from Dave Doody.

First image from India's Mars Orbiter Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2013 • 6

Here, for your enjoyment, is the first image of Earth taken by the mission's Mars Colour Camera.

Mars Orbiter Mission Update: Supplemental burn planned for today

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2013 • 25

Yesterday, the Mars Orbiter Mission was commanded to perform a rocket burn that would have raised the apogee of its orbit around Earth. The spacecraft began its burn, but underperformed. ISRO has planned a supplemental burn for November 12 at 05:00 IST (today at 15:30 PT / 23:30 UT) in order to make up the deficit.

A hiccup in the orbital maneuvers for Mars Orbiter Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2013 • 7

The Mars Orbiter Mission completed its first, second, and third of six planned maneuvers in Earth orbit successfully last week. However, the fourth maneuver, conducted on Sunday at 12:36 PST / 20:36 UTC / Monday 02:06 IST, failed to lift the apogee of the orbit as high as planned.

Mars Orbiter Mission update: first apogee-raising burn completed

Emily Lakdawalla • November 06, 2013 • 15

When the Mars Orbiter Mission launched yesterday, it launched into Earth orbit. The Mars Orbiter Mission must perform several rocket burns in order to increase its orbital altitude before departing for Mars. The first burn was completed successfully just minutes ago.

A picture-perfect launch for ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2013 • 14

The PSLV carrying ISRO's Mars Orbiter mission shot like a firework off the launch pad today, placing the spacecraft precisely into its planned elliptical orbit of Earth. Now the 10-month cruise phase begins. Congratulations to ISRO!

Watching the Mars Orbiter Mission launch

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2013

Here is a list I've compiled of places that I'll be watching for news of the Mars Orbiter Mission launch...

India prepares to take flight to Mars with the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2013 • 11

The excitement is really building toward India's first-ever attempt at an interplanetary spacecraft! Launch day is quickly approaching for the Mars Orbiter Mission. In this lengthy post, I provide answers to frequently asked questions about the mission and its goals.

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