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ISRO launches India’s maiden Mars Mission

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The three arrested are among the four accused who had allegedly raped the girl on Friday night,even as one alleged rapist and two persons who abated the crime are still absconding,police said. (IE photo: Vasant Prabhu)

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Taking a giant leap in the world of science,the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday successfully launched India's Mars mission,which is country's first inter-planetary space mission,from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (AP)

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The 44.4-metre tall trusted workhorse of ISRO was launched from Sriharikota. With the success of this launch,the next major test is on November 30,when the spacecraft begins its journey to Mars. And then in September 2014,when it will inject the Mars orbiter into the Mars orbit. (AP)

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People watch the live telecast of the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) rocket carrying India's Mars spacecraft from the east-coast island of Sriharikota. (AP)

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The launch went on for around 40 minutes of flight when the rocket will be visible to ISRO through its own ground station at Biak near Indonesia. The subsequent operations,during which the rocket disengaged the spacecraft and placed it in a Earth orbit,was tracked by special ship-borne terminals: Nalanda and Yamuna in the South Pacific Ocean. (AP)

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With this launch,India is joining the league of countries like America,Russia and Europe to undertake a successful Mars mission. (PTI)

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In the Rs 450-crore mission,the duration of journey will be 300 days. (PTI)

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ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan with wife Padmini comes out of Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati after offering prayers for the successful of launch of PSLV-C25 – India’s maiden mission to the Mars. (PTI)

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The actual launch operations on Tuesday will only involve about 43 minutes of rocket flight. But it is still set to be the longest initial flight for any launch in ISRO's history. (AP)

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"If the rocket has to function and the vehicle is able to put the satellite into an orbit of 23,500 km-by-250 km,that is sufficient. There is a band 675 km plus or minus this number. Anywhere within that if it is put,it is a success," ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said of the expectations for the initial flight — the first step in the long journey to Mars,before the launch. "It is a leap forward. It is a turning point for the country if we are able to accomplish this. Any progress we make in this is new learning. Any progress we make from then onwards is a learning for us," he said. (AP)

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The launch will involve 23 minutes of flight when the rocket will be visible to ISRO through its own ground station at Biak near Indonesia. The subsequent operations,during which the rocket will disengage the spacecraft and place it in a Earth orbit,will be tracked by special ship-borne terminals: Nalanda and Yamuna in the South Pacific Ocean. (AP)

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The specific operations that the ship-borne terminals will monitor are the ignition of the fourth stage of the rocket at 33 minutes,and the separation of the satellite from the rocket at around 43 minutes. After the initial 23 minutes,the rocket will coast for about 10 minutes before the fourth stage ignition takes place. (AP)