Isro realigns orbit of Mars mission spacecraft Mangalyaan

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AHMEDABAD: Indian Space Research Organization has successfully realigned the orbit of its Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ so it is not affected by long-duration eclipse, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar said on January 19.

“On the evening of January 17, we manoeuvred to change the orbit of Mangalyaan and reduced the duration of eclipse,” Kumar told reporters here on sidelines of Gujarat Technological University’s convocation.

“The experiment was successful. The spacecraft still has 30kg fuel left, and with realignment we expect it to work for a very long time to come,” he said.

He also informed that work on ‘Chandrayaan II’ has begun and the satellite is expected to be launched in the first half of 2018.

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