Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists have successfully reignited the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft's main engine for four seconds as a trial before the final firing to get into the red planet's orbit early on Wednesday.
The test-firing was held at 2:30pm, and it lasted for four seconds. The Mars Orbiter Mission on Monday entered the Mars gravitational sphere of influence ahead of its scheduled orbit insertion on September 24.
The Spacecraft called "MANGALYAAN" left the Earth's orbit to Mars on December 1 2013.
If everything goes fine, ISRO aims to put the spacecraft in an orbit with a periapsis (closest point to Mars) of 423km and an apoapsis (farthest point) of 80,000km. Of the 51 Mars mission so far by various countries, only 21 have been successful and India will be the first Asian country to reach mars in First Attempt.
Mission Objectives :
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.
Following are the major objectives of the mission: