Indian Mars mission snag 'resolved'

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Indian Mars mission snag 'resolved'
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:03:56 PM »
India's mission to Mars has overcome a technical problem and appears to be back on track, the country's space research agency says.

The problem occurred on Monday when a planned engine burn failed to raise the spacecraft's orbit around Earth by the intended amount.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has now pushed the spacecraft to a higher orbit as planned.

Isro officials said its final orbit "will be known in a few hours".

The problem occurred during a manoeuvre designed to boost the craft's maximum distance from 71,623km to 100,000km.

A problem with the liquid fuel thruster caused the 1,350kg vehicle to fall short of the mark.

As a solution, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) - known informally as Mangalyaan, or Mars-craft - executed an additional thruster firing to make up for the shortfall early on Tuesday.

Speaking to Pallava Bagla, science editor at Indian broadcasting network NDTV, Isro's chairman K Radhakrishnan said: "All is well and operations completed as planned. The final orbit of the spacecraft will be known in a few hours."

Mr Bagla told BBC News that the "spacecraft has been put on required velocity and seems to be on track".

Instead of flying directly to Mars, the $72m (£45m) probe is scheduled to orbit Earth until the end of the month, building up the necessary velocity to break free from our planet's gravitational pull.
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