Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft is scheduled on September 24, 2014
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of ISRO is entering a crucial phase on the 24th of September 2014 when the Spacecraft will be inserted into the orbit of Mars after travelling 653 Million Kilometers. Just to remind you:
- PSLV C25 launched the Mars orbiter into an orbit of 250 km X 23,550 km around Earth on 5th November, 2013.
- Six Earth Bound manoeuvers were carried out on 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 16th Nov. 2013.
- Trans Mars Injection was carried out on Dec 1, 2013 at 00:49 hrs IST.
- The spacecraft left the Sphere Of Influence of Earth on 4th December, 2013
- The health of the spacecraft and the payloads is normal
The status of MOM today:
- Distance between Earth and MOM – 215 Million kms
- One way communication delay – 718 seconds (~ 12 min.)
- Distance covered on the Heliocentric path – 653 Million kms
- Distance to travel in Heliocentric path to Mars – 13 Million km
- Percentage of the journey covered – 98 %
- Distance between Mars and MOM – 2.496 Million km
Read the press briefing on MOI by the Scientific Secretary of ISRO which clearly explains in a nutshell how this works.