9/15/2014 3:51:27 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
As the country's Mars orbiter mission (MOM) nears its destination, scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are gearing up to undertake a "challenging task" on September 24 when they will restart the onboard liquid engine, which has been in sleep mode for nearly 10 months, for a critical manoeuvre of the spacecraft.
The ISRO on Sunday announced that commands for inserting the Mars spacecraft into the Red Planet's orbit have been uploaded. The entire process will take about 13 hours to complete. India's MOM is expected to enter into the Mars orbit on September 24.
Meanwhile, America’s premier space agency NASA and its Indian counterpart ISRO are talking about setting up a Joint Mars Working Group. “NASA is in discussions with ISRO regarding potential scientific collaboration with their Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), due to enter Mars orbit about two days after MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter, which will arrive at Mars later this month,” said James Green Director, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.