India Launches Rocket on Mars Orbiter Mission

  • Nov 8, 2013 12:03pm GMT

Earlier this week, the Indian Space Research Organization - also known as Isro - successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission atop a PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

The spacecraft is currently in orbit around Earth, and has successfully fired a series of burns to increase the apogee of its current orbit in preparation for a departure from Earth's orbit on its way to Mars. The journey to Mars will take 300 days and arrive in late 2014.

The highway to Mars is not without fellow travelers. On November 18, NASA will attempt to launch MAVEN - Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN - atop an Atlas V rocket to study the upper atmosphere of the red planet.

Images courtesy Indian Space Research Organization