INDIA'S MARS MISSION
November 6, 2013 3:56am CST
INDIA'S MARS MISSION- A day after its successful launch, India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft was functioning smoothly in the Earth's orbit and ready for orbit raising operations on Thursday. "Since its injection into Earth's orbit yesterday, it has been functioning smoothly on the orbit. We are planning to perform orbit raising manoeuvres in the early hours of tomorrow," an Isro spokesman said. Right now, the Mars Orbiter Mission is on its first round around the Earth, Isro sources said. The spacecraft would go around the Earth five times before going out of the Earth-bound orbit into Sun-centric orbit on December one. It will then go around the Sun embarking on its nine-month voyage to the red planet."