Mars Orbiter becomes India's farthest object sent into space so far!

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Mars Orbiter farthest object by India
Chennai, Dec 2: For all those who have been looking forward to hearing something about the Mars Orbiter Mssion with bated breath, here's something for you.

The Mars Orbiter Mission crossed the distance of Moon's orbit early on Monday and this has now become the farthest object sent into space by India so far.

The critical manoeuvre to place India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in the Mars Transfer Trajectory was successfully carried out in the early hours of Sunday, December 1, 2013, and by Monday, it became the farthest object sent into space.

During this manoeuvre, which began at 00:49 today, the spacecraft's 440 Newton liquid engine was fired for about 22 minutes providing a velocity increment of 648 meters/second to the spacecraft, explained ISRO.

Following the completion of this manoeuvre, the Earth orbiting phase of the spacecraft ended.

The spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun.

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