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Indian spacecraft enters orbit around Mars
Posted: Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 8:19 AM ET (1219 GMT)
India Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft illus. (ISRO) India's first mission to Mars successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet early Wednesday. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft performed a 24-minute engine burn that started at 9:47 pm EDT Tuesday (0147 GMT, 7:17 am IST Wednesday) to slow the spacecraft down and enter an elliptical capture orbit around the planet. Officials with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the capture maneuver went as planned and the spacecraft is in good health. MOM is India's first Mars mission, and its successful arrival at Mars makes India only the fourth entity, after the US, the former Soviet Union, and ESA, to place a spacecraft into Mars orbit. MOM arrived at Mars just two days after NASA's MAVEN spacecraft also entered orbit around the planet.
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