Indian Space Research Organisation today performed the first orbit raising manoeuvre of the Mars Orbiter spacecraft, which was launched on Tuesday. An ISRO spokesman said, a series of five orbit raising operations are scheduled on the Mars mission starting today. The second and third such operations will be performed tomorrow and on Saturday to raise the mission apogee to 40,000 km and 71,650 km. The fourth and fifth operations will be performed to raise the apogee of one lakh km and 1.92 lakh km on November 11 and 16.
After the successful completion of these operations, the mission is expected to take on the crucial event of the trans-Mars injection around 12.42 AM on December 1.
ISRO’s PSLV C 25 successfully injected the 1,350-kg Mars orbiter ’Mangalyaan’ into Earth’s orbit some 44 minutes after its launch from Sriharikota on Tuesday.