ISRO clears launch of Mars mission on Nov 5

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ISROSriharikota/ New Delhi:  Indian Space Research Organisation’s launch authorization board has cleared the launch of Mangalyaan, India’s maiden mission to Mars, on Tuesday November 5 at 2.38 PM from Sriharikota  in Andhra Pradesh.

ISRO said the 56 hour countdown for take-off will start early morning on Sunday. ISRO will ignite its giant 45-meter rocket on Tuesday, launching India’s maiden journey to Mars.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket and satellite are fully dressed up and ready at India’s space port in Sriharikota.

The two ships SCI Yamuna and Nalanda, which were delayed due to bad weather, have reached their destination in the Pacific. The Indian ships will monitor the health of the rocket and satellite as it sails over the ocean after being launched from India. (Is Mangalyaan all about an Asian space race?)

The launch of Mangalyaan satellite, which was scheduled for October 28 initially, was postponed due to bad weather in the Pacific Ocean.

This will be the first ever launch that ISRO will conduct in November at India’s space port, which is usually dogged by recurring cyclones at this time of the year.

The Mangalyaan mission will cost Rs. 450 crores and will study the Martian atmosphere.