Tuesday / 19 November 2013

India Mars Orbiter Gets Assist From Moon


Mars Orbiter Mission In Elliptical Orbit Around Earth, Testing Sensors / Calibrating Instruments; Mission Uses Moon Pull To Stretch Orbit To 192,000-km Apogee, Orient Spacecraft Correctly, Increase Speed In Preparation For 1 Dec Departure Into Mars Trajectory; Deep Space Navigation Experience Acquired Will Aid India In Preparations For Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander / Rover Mission

Image Credit: ISRO