India's ambitious space mission to explore Mars would be launched on November 5 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Indian Space Research Organisation(Isro) said on Tuesday ‘The launch of India's first interplanetary probe, Mars Orbiter Spacecraft onboard

India's ambitious space mission to explore  Mars would be launched on November 5 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Indian Space Research Organisation(Isro) said on Tuesday

‘The launch of India's first interplanetary probe, Mars Orbiter Spacecraft onboard PSLV-C25 (in its XL version), is scheduled on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The lift-off time is at 14:36 hrs IST,” an Isro spokesperson  told HT.

The spacecraft has been  integrated  to the launch vehicle and we expect the countdown to begin from November 3, he added.

One of the main objectives of the first Indian mission to Mars is to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission.

The initial launch for the MOM was slated for October 28. It was decided to  defer the  launch because of the delay in the arrival of the Indian ship-borne terminals to their intended location, about 300 nautical miles from the Fiji island.

 

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