Mars Orbiter leaves sphere of Earth’s influence

This is the first time that an Indian spacecraft has exited the SoI of Earth.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: December 5, 2013 12:17 am

The Mars orbiter left the sphere of influence (SoI) of Earth early on Wednesday when it crossed 9,25,000 km in its journey to the red planet at around 1.14 am.

This is the first time that an Indian spacecraft has exited the SoI of Earth. The orbiter will now be under the influence of Sun and other planets as it makes its way for a rendezvous with the Martian orbit on September 21,2014. The furthest an Indian spacecraft had travelled prior to the Mars orbiter was 3,85,000 km by Chandrayaan 1 to get to Moon in 2008.

Communication between the spacecraft and Earth stations has been enabled with the activation of the medium gain antenna on the orbiter.

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