Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014
By Kadri
Indian Space Research Organization has been successful in the Mars orbit insertion maneuver of their Mangalyaan spacecraft (Mars Orbiter Mission or MOM).

As MOM's first objective is to show the capability of ISRO in planning, designing and operating an interplanetary mission, it seems to be a great success already, as statistically the probability of a successful Mars mission is lower than for some of the others and to achieve Mars orbit on the first try of the first mission is great.

MOM will be in a highly elliptic orbit that takes it as close as 365.3km from Mars' surface and as far as 80 000km from it during a period of 76.72 hours.

As for NASA's MAVEN, MOM will be in a commissioning phase for some weeks before starting to gather scientific information.

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