Orbit

  • India's Mars orbiter to reach red planet in 33 days: ISRO 15 hours 24 minutes ago

    Chennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission is just nine million kilometres away from the red planet, Indian Space Research Organisation said on Saturday. "Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just nine million km away from Mars and 189 million kilometres away from the Earth. 33 more days to...
  • Mars orbiter completes about 80 per cent of journey July 22, 2014

    Chennai: Inching closer to the red planet, India's ambitious Mars orbiter spacecraft has covered more than 540 million kilometres, about 80 per cent of its journey for its rendezvous with the planet scheduled for September 24. The spacecraft has covered a distance of more than 540 million kilometres on its helio...
  • India's Mars orbiter spacecraft to reach target in 75 days July 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Exactly 75 days from July 12, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has travelled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc. Radio signals from earth now take 15 minutes to reach MOM and...
  • 100 days for India's Mars spacecraft's tryst with red planet June 16, 2014

    Bangalore: Exactly 100 days from Monday, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target covering almost 70 per cent of its journey. On September 24, a very significant technological milestone of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) called Mars Orbit...
  • Trajectory correction of Mars mission likely by June 11 June 2, 2014

    Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation is likely to perform its next trajectory correction manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter mission on June 11. As its Mars mission is "on intended track" and was proceeding towards the red planet with "good health," ISRO had earlier announced that the trajectory correction manoeuvre scheduled for...
  • NASA orbiter captures new crater on Red Planet May 23, 2014

    Researchers have discovered the largest fresh meteor-impact crater on Mars, NASA said in a statement. The before-and-after images of the crater were captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The crater is half the size of a football ground and first appeared in March 2012, the US space agency said. It was captured...
  • Mangalyaan doing well, will reach Martian orbit on September 24 May 12, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: India's maiden inter-planetary mission to Mars "Mangalyaan" was on course and the orbiter would reach the Martian orbit on September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Monday. Dismissing the sceptical views expressed by certain quarters over the misssion, he said, "Mars mission is going well...
  • India's Mars mission covers half the distance to red planet April 9, 2014

    Chennai: Cruising towards a historic feat, the Indian space mission to Mars today crossed half the total distance to the red planet from Earth and was very much along the designated helio-centric trajectory. At exactly 09.50 am (IST), the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft crossed the mid-point of its path to Mars,...
  • Mars mission: Spacecraft crosses half the distance April 9, 2014

    Cruising towards a historic feat, the Indian space mission to Mars on Wednesday crossed half the total distance to the red planet from Earth and was very much along the designated helio-centric trajectory. At exactly 09.50 am (IST), the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft crossed the mid-point of its path to Mars,...
  • Mars mission successfully completes 100 days in space on Wednesday February 11, 2014

    Bangalore: India's first inter-planetary probe Mars Orbiter Spacecraft will be completing 100 days in space on Wednesday in its voyage towards the red planet. The health of the spacecraft, launched by the country's workhorse rocket PSLV-C25 on November 5 last from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh,...
  • ISRO completes second orbit raising manoeuvre of GSAT-14 January 7, 2014

    The second orbit raising operation of an advanced Indian communications satellite launched by a rocket using an indigenous powerful booster technology from the space port of Sriharikota on Tuesday was successfully completed by ISRO scientists. The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) said the Apogee Motor of GSAT-14 was fired for 2,629 seconds...
  • ISRO successfully raises 1st orbit manoeuvre of GSAT-14 January 6, 2014

    The first orbit raising operation of GSAT-14 communication satellite was successfully carried out by ISRO on Monday, a day after it was shot into space in a milestone launch by GSLV-D5 rocket powered by the indigenous cryogenic engine. The Apogee Motor on the spacecraft was fired for 3,134 seconds with a...
  • Thunderstorm in S Africa delayed Mars Orbiter tracking: ISRO December 3, 2013

    Chennai: Two days after successfully injecting its Mars Orbiter into trans-Mars trajectory, ISRO revealed that a thunderstorm in South Africa, which struck above a ground station identified to track the "crucial moment" had resulted in a five minute delay in following the Indian mission. "Seconds before...
  • Mars Orbiter Mission crosses Moon's orbit; travelling 10 lakh km a day December 2, 2013

    Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter, which was placed in inter-Mars trajectory in the early hours on Sunday, has crossed Moon's orbit and is travelling beyond Earth's natural satellite. "The Mars Orbiter spacecraft has crossed the Moon orbit. So technically after crossing our Chandrayaan's orbit, it is now travelling beyond...
  • ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission completes mother-of-all manoeuvre December 1, 2013

    Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completed yet another milestone when it was slung out of the earth's orbit in a Saturday midnight manoeuvre. The MOM, set to reach the red planet in September 2014, is showing all signs of taking India's dreams to new heights....
  • Mars Orbiter leaves Earth's orbit, to reach red planet by Sept 2014 December 1, 2013

    Bangalore: Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission has crossed its first major milestone when it was propelled out of the Earth's orbit, onwards onto its 750 million kilometer journey to Mars on Sunday 1 am. "The Trans Mars Injection (TMI) operations, which began at 00.49 am (IST) has been...
  • Indian Mars Orbiter readies to leave earth November 30, 2013

    India's Orbiter to Mars prepares to part with mother earth soon after Saturday midnight and begin its long journey to the distant red planet coasting through the cosmos for almost 10 months, a scientist said on Friday. "The Orbiter is steadily climbing towards its last apogee (farthest from earth) pass in...
  • Mars spacecraft to leave Earth's orbit after midnight today November 30, 2013

    Bangalore: It's a big night tonight for the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) as the Mars mission Mangalyan is set to leave the Earth's orbit and turn towards Mars in the early hours of December 1. The maneuver will be then followed by a 8-month long journey to the...
  • India's Mars mission spacecraft enters final orbit around earth November 27, 2013

    India's maiden interplanetary spacecraft Orbiter, headed to Mars, entered the final orbit around earth early on Wednesday to prepare for its trans-injection into the sun's orbit early on Sunday (December 1). Its voyage to Mars will take nine months (280 days). "Orbiter has passed its penultimate perigee (closest to equator) and its...
  • See: First ever image of Earth taken by Mangalyaan captures 'Helen' November 22, 2013

    ISRO's Mars Orbiter has beamed back the first set of pictures of the Earth, capturing the Indian subcontinent and parts of Africa. The first image was taken on November 19 at around 1:50 PM from a height of almost 70,000 km above earth and has a spatial resolution of 3.5...
  • MOM, Maven will complement each other in Mars findings: ISRO November 19, 2013

    ISRO and NASA will coordinate functions of their Mars Orbiters - Mangalyaan and Maven - once both get into orbit of the red planet in September next year. "If NASA's orbiter Maven and ISRO's Mars Orbiter are successful, they will complement each other in findings and help understand the red planet...
  • ISRO performs last orbit raising manoeuvre on its Mars mission November 16, 2013

    Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday performed the last of the five orbit-raising manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter in the early hours, raising the apogee (farthest point from Earth) of the spacecraft to over 1.92 lakh km. "The fifth orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, starting at...
  • Supplementary orbit of Mars spacecraft successfully raised November 12, 2013

    A day after suffering a glitch during the fourth orbit raising operation on its Mars Orbiter Mission, ISRO on Tuesday successfully completed the supplementary manoeuvre this morning, raising the spacecraft's apogee (farthest distance from Earth) to over 1,18,000 km. "The fourth supplementary orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter spacecraft started at...
  • Mars mission 100 per cent safe, says ISRO November 11, 2013

    Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday failed to fully meet the objective of the fourth orbit-raising operation conducted on Mars Orbiter Spacecraft as flow to the liquid engine stopped, but allayed apprehensions over the ambitious venture to the Red Planet. This manoeuvre planned to raise the apogee (farthest point to Earth)...
  • Mars Orbiter raising falls short of target November 11, 2013

    India's Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) seemed to have suffered from some trouble while raising its orbit for the fourth time on Monday, as per posted on the official page of ISRO on Facebook. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a posting on its Facebook page had said:...
  • Mars Orbiter raising falls short of target November 11, 2013

    India's Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) seemed to have suffered from some trouble while raising its orbit for the fourth time on Monday, as per posted on the official page of ISRO on Facebook. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a posting on its Facebook page had said:...
  • Third orbit raising manoeuvre on Mars Orbiter performed November 9, 2013

    Chennai: The third of the total of five orbit raising manoeuvres of the Mars Orbiter spacecraft was performed early on Saturday morning, raising its apogee, the farthest point from Earth, to over 71,000 km. The manoeuvre started at 2:10 AM on Saturday and raised the spacecraft's apogee from 40,186 km to...
  • Second orbiter of Mars spacecraft raised successfully November 8, 2013

    The second of the six orbit raising manouevres for the Mars Orbiter was completed successfully on early Friday, the Indian space agency said. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the second orbit raising manouevre that started 2.18 am. Friday has been successfully completed. The on-board motor of Mars Orbiter was fired...
  • ISRO performs first orbit raising operation on Mars mission November 7, 2013

    Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation on Thursday performed the first orbit raising manoeuvre of the Mars Orbiter spacecraft, which was launched on Tuesday. "We started it by 1.17 AM and have successfully completed the first orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft. Right now, the computation is going on,"...
  • Celebrities who should go to Mars and never come back November 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Even a day after the successful launch of Mangalyaan to Mars, many continue to take to Twitter to spark a wave of merriment. For those who came in late, the Mars Orbiter (also called Mangalyaan) was initiated on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Satish Dhawan...