Indian Space Research Organisation is celebrating its 22nd Formation Day today, Friday, August 15, 2014 riding high on its awe-inspiring famous Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, that is just 88 kilometres away to enter the orbit of Mars.
ISRO was formed on August 15, 1969 at Thumba in Kerala with Dr Vikram Sarabhai as its head to develop space technology and its application to various national needs.
The Bangalore-based ISRO is rearing to go for the next crucial and final stage for the spacecraft’s rendezvous with the red planet on September 24 or 33 days from today, August 15, 2014 when the country is celebrating its 68th Independence Day and ISRO itself celebrating its 22nd Formation Day. In all, it is 41 days for ISRO to finally station the spacecraft in Mars orbiter.
The entire voyage of Magalyaan takes 300 days and the Mars Orbiter Mission has to travel another 88 million km more in its heliocentric trajectory to reach Mars. The mission is currently sending radio signals which are taking 20 minutes to reach the ground mission, ISRO said.
The Mars Orbiter Mission was launched on November 5, 2013 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh aboard a PSLV to travel to Mars atmosphere by September 24.