India’s Mars Orbiter Mission set for launch on November 5

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India’s ambitious space mission to explore planet Mars would be launched on November 5 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Isro announced on Tuesday.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ‘Mangalyan’, would be launched onboard PSLV C25 on November 5 at 3.28 pm from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, some 80 km from here, an ISRO spokesperson said.

A decision on the launch date was to be taken on October 19 but postponed to today in view of bad weather in the South Pacific Ocean.

The powerful XL version of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) would be used for the Rs 450 crore mission.

Primary objectives of the mission are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.

Launch campaign has already commenced in Sriharikota from where the 1,350-kg MOM spacecraft is slated to be launched by the Rs 110 crore Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

The satellite will carry compact science experiment instruments, totalling a mass of 15 kg. There will be five instruments to study Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy, Isro said.

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