Mars Orbiter Mission’s main liquid engine test-fired successfully

The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday successfully test fired the main liquid engine of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission. The Mars Orbiter Mission, which has been in sleep mode for 10 months, will enter the red planet’s atmosphere on September 24.

ISRO tweeted, “Mars Orbiter main liquid engine test firing successful.”

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Cruising towards its historic rendezvous with the red planet, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) had earlier on Monday entered the Mars Gravitational Sphere of Influence ahead of its scheduled Orbit Insertion on September 24.

“Our navigators’ calculations show that MOM has entered the Gravitational Sphere of Influence of Mars,” ISRO said on its social networking site, adding, the spacecraft was within 5.4 lakh km radius of the Mars’ Gravitational Sphere of Influence.

After being launched from ISRO’s spaceport of Sriharikota on November 5 last year, the MOM had left Earth’s orbit on December 1 and began its historic voyage to put India on the list of elite nations, which has sent a mission to Mars.

The MOM, India’s first interplanetary mission, was launched by India’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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