Friday, 26 September 2014


This article is about the Indian Mars probe. For other Mars orbiters, see List of missions to Mars.
Mars Orbiter Mission
Mars Orbiter Mission - India - ArtistsConcept.jpg
Artist's rendering of the MOM orbiting Mars

Mission type Mars orbiter
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 2013-060A
SATCAT № 39370
Mission duration 6 months (planned)[1]

Spacecraft properties
Bus I-1K[2]
Manufacturer ISAC
Launch mass 1,337 kg (2,948 lb)[3]
Dry mass 500 kg (1,100 lb)
Payload mass 15 kg (33 lb)[4]
Dimensions 1.5-metre (4 ft 11 in) cube
Power 840 watts[2]

Start of mission
Launch date 5 November 2013, 09:08 UTC[5]
Rocket PSLV-XL C25[6]
Launch site Satish Dhawan FLP
Contractor ISRO

Orbital parameters
Reference system Areocentric
Periareon 421 km (262 mi)
Apoareon 76,993 km (47,841 mi)
Inclination 150.0° [7][8]
Period 73 hours
Epoch Planned

Mars orbiter
Orbital insertion 24 September 2014, 02:00 UTC
MSD 50027 06:27 AMT[9]
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan "Mars-craft" (Sanskrit मंगल maṅgala "Mars" + यान yāna "craft"),[10][11] is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).[12][13][14][15] It was successfully inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, making India the first Asian nation to send a satellite into Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so on its first attempt.[16][17][18][19]
The mission is a "technology demonstrator" project aiming to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission.[20] It carries five instruments, one of which, a methane detector, will particularly advance knowledge about Mars.[21]
The Mars Orbiter Mission probe lifted-off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25 at 09:08 UTC (14:38 IST) on 5 November 2013.[22] The launch window was approximately 20 days long and started on 28 October 2013.[5] The MOM probe spent about a month in Earth orbit, where it made a series of seven altitude-raising orbital manoeuvres before trans-Mars injection on 30 November 2013 (UTC).[23]
It is India's first interplanetary mission and ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.[24][25] The spacecraft is currently being monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennae at Byalalu.[26]


The MOM mission concept began with a feasibility study in 2010, after the launch of lunar satellite Chandrayaan-1 in 2008. The government of India approved the project on 3 August 2012,[27] after the Indian Space Research Organisation completed INR125 crore (US$21 million) of required studies for the orbiter.[28] The total project cost may be up to INR454 crore (US$74 million).[12][29] The satellite costs INR153 crore (US$25 million) and the rest of the budget has been attributed to ground stations and relay upgrades that will be used for other ISRO projects.[30]
The space agency had initially planned the launch on 28 October 2013 but was postponed to 5 November 2013 following the delay in ISRO's spacecraft tracking ships to take up pre-determined positions due to poor weather in the Pacific Ocean.[5] Launch opportunities for a fuel-saving Hohmann transfer orbit occur about every 26 months, in this case, 2016 and 2018.[31] The Mars Orbiter's on-orbit mission life will be between six and ten months.
Assembly of the PSLV-XL launch vehicle, designated C25, started on 5 August 2013.[32] The mounting of the five scientific instruments was completed at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, and the finished spacecraft was shipped to Sriharikota on 2 October 2013 for integration to the PSLV-XL launch vehicle.[32] The satellite's development was fast-tracked and completed in a record 15 months.[33] Despite the US federal government shutdown, NASA reaffirmed on 5 October 2013 it would provide communications and navigation support to the mission.[34] ISRO chairman stated in November 2013 that if the MOM and NASA's orbiter MAVEN were successful, they would complement each other in findings and help understand Mars better.[35]
The ISRO plans to send a follow-up mission with a greater scientific payload to Mars in the 2017–2020 timeframe; it would include an orbiter and a stationary lander.[36]


Some of the leading scientists working on the Mars Orbiter Mission project are:[37][38]


The low cost of the mission was ascribed by Kopillil Radhakrishnan, the chairman of ISRO, to various factors, including a "modular approach", a small number of ground tests and long (18-20 hour) working days for scientists.[42] An opinion piece in The Hindu pointed out that the cost was equivalent to less than a single bus ride for each of India's population of 1.2 billion; nevertheless, the incongruity of the country launching a space mission when 400 million have no electricity and 600 million have no access to toilets was also highlighted.[43]


The primary objective of the Mars Orbiter Mission is to showcase India's rocket launch systems, spacecraft-building and operations capabilities.[44] Specifically, the primary objective is to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission, comprising the following major tasks:[20]
  • design and realisation of a Mars orbiter with a capability to perform Earth-bound maneuvres, cruise phase of 300 days, Mars orbit insertion / capture, and on-orbit phase around Mars;
  • deep-space communication, navigation, mission planning and management;
  • incorporate autonomous features to handle contingency situations.
The secondary objective is to explore Mars' surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere using indigenous scientific instruments.[44]

Spacecraft specifications


The lift-off mass was 1,350 kg (2,980 lb), including 852 kg (1,878 lb) of propellant.[2]


The spacecraft's bus is a modified I-1 K structure and propulsion hardware configuration, similar to Chandrayaan 1, India's lunar orbiter that operated from 2008 to 2009, with specific improvements and upgrades needed for a Mars mission.[44] The satellite structure is constructed of an aluminium and composite fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich construction.


Electric power is generated by three solar array panels of 1.8 m × 1.4 m (5 ft 11 in × 4 ft 7 in) each (7.56 m2 (81.4 sq ft) total), for a maximum of 840 watts of power generation in Mars orbit. Electricity is stored in a 36 Ah Li-ion battery.[2]


A liquid fuel engine with a thrust of 440 newtons is used for orbit raising and insertion into Mars orbit. The orbiter also has eight 22-newton thrusters for attitude control.[45] Its propellant mass is 852 kg.[2]


Communications are handled by two 230-watt TWTAs and two coherent transponders. The antenna array consists of a low-gain antenna, a medium-gain antenna and a high-gain antenna. The high-gain antenna system is based on a single 2.2-metre (7 ft 3 in) reflector illuminated by a feed at S-band. It is used to transmit and receive the telemetry, tracking, commanding and data to and from the Indian Deep Space Network.[2]


Scientific instruments
LAP Lyman-Alpha Photometer 1.97 kg
MSM Methane Sensor For Mars 2.94 kg
MENCA Mars Exospheric Neutral
Composition Analyser
3.56 kg
TIS Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer 3.2 kg
MCC Mars Colour Camera 1.27 kg
The 15 kg (33 lb) scientific payload consists of five instruments:[4][46][47]
Atmospheric studies
Particle environment studies
  • Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA) – is a quadrupole mass analyser capable of analysing the neutral composition of particles in the exosphere.
Surface imaging studies
  • Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS) – will measure the temperature and emissivity of the Martian surface, allowing for the mapping of surface composition and mineralogy of Mars.
  • Mars Colour Camera (MCC) – will provide images in the visual spectrum, providing context for the other instruments.

Telemetry and command

Further information: Telemetry and Telecommand
The Indian Space Research Organisation Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network performed navigation and tracking operations for the launch with ground stations at Sriharikota, Port Blair, Brunei and Biak in Indonesia,[48] and after the spacecraft's apogee became more than 100,000 km, an 18-metre (59 ft) and an 32 m (105 ft) diameter antenna of the Indian Deep Space Network were utilised.[49] The 18-metre (59 ft) dish-antenna was used for communication with the craft until April 2014, after which the larger 32 m (105 ft) antenna was used.[50] NASA's Deep Space Network is providing position data through its three stations located in Canberra, Madrid and Goldstone on the US West Coast during the non-visible period of ISRO's network.[51] The South African National Space Agency's (SANSA) Hartebeesthoek (HBK) ground station is also providing satellite tracking, telemetry and command services.[52]

Mission profile

Timeline of operations
Phase Date Event Detail Result Reference(s)
Geocentric phase 5 November 2013 09:08 UTC Launch Burn time: 15:35 min in 5 stages Apogee: 23,550 km [53]
6 November 2013 19:47 UTC Orbit raising manoeuvre Burn time: 416 sec Apogee: 23,550 km to 28,825 km [54]
7 November 2013 20:48 UTC Orbit raising manoeuvre Burn time: 570.6 sec Apogee: 28,825 km to 40,186 km [55][56]
8 November 2013 20:40 UTC Orbit raising manoeuvre Burn time: 707 sec Apogee: 40,186 km to 71,636 km [55][57]
10 November 2013 20:36 UTC Orbit raising manoeuvre Incomplete burn Apogee: 71,636 km to 78,276 km [58]
11 November 2013 23:33 UTC Orbit raising manoeuvre
Burn time: 303.8 sec Apogee: 78,276 km to 118,642 km [55]
15 November 2013 19:57 UTC Orbit raising manoeuvre Burn time: 243.5 sec Apogee: 118,642 km to 192,874 km [55][59]
30 November 2013, 19:19 UTC [ [Trans-Mars injection]] Burn time: 1328.89 sec Successful heliocentric insertion [60]
Heliocentric phase December 2013 – September 2014 En route to Mars – The probe was travelling a distance of 780,000,000 kilometres (480,000,000 mi) in a parabolic trajectory around the Sun[50] to reach Mars. As of 9 June 2014, the probe had travelled 460 million km in its path to Mars, and was about 100 million km away from Earth.[61] This phase plan includes up to four trajectory corrections if needed. [62][63][64][65][66]
11 December 2013 01:00 UTC 1st Trajectory correction Burn time: 40.5 sec Success [55][64][65][66]
9 April 2014 2nd Trajectory correction (planned) Not required Rescheduled for 11 June 2014 [61][63][66][67][68]
11 June 2014 11:00 UTC 2nd Trajectory correction Burn time: 16 sec Success [61][69]
August 2014 3rd Trajectory correction (planned) Not required[61][70]
22 September 2014 3rd Trajectory correction Burn time: 4 sec Success [63][66][71]
Areocentric phase 24 September 2014 Mars orbit insertion Burn time: 24 min & 14 sec Success [8][72]


As originally conceived, ISRO would have launched MOM on its new Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV),[73] but the GSLV has failed twice in two space missions in 2010, ISRO is still sorting out issues with its cryogenic engine,[74] and it was not advisable to wait for the new batch of rockets since that would have delayed the MOM project for at least three years.[75] ISRO had to make a choice between delaying the Mars Orbiter Mission and switching to the less-powerful PSLV. They opted for the latter. There is no way to launch on a direct-to-Mars trajectory with the PSLV as it does not have the power. Instead, ISRO launched it into Earth orbit first and slowly boosted it into an interplanetary trajectory using multiple perigee burns to maximize the Oberth effect.[73]
On 19 October 2013, ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan announced that the launch had to be postponed by a week as a result of a delay of a crucial telemetry ship reaching Fiji. The launch was rescheduled for 5 November 2013.[76] ISRO's PSLV-XL placed the satellite in Earth orbit at 09:50 UTC, on 5 November 2013,[28] with a perigee of 264.1 km, an apogee of 23,903.6 km, and inclination of 19.20 degrees,[53] with both the antenna and all three sections of the solar panel arrays deployed.[77] During the first three orbit raising operations, ISRO progressively tested the spacecraft systems.[59]
The orbiter's dry mass is 500 kg (1,100 lb), and it carries 852 kg (1,878 lb) of fuel and oxidiser. Its main engine, which is a derivative of the system used on India's communications satellites, uses the bipropellant combination monomethylhydrazine and dinitrogen tetroxide to achieve the thrust necessary for escape velocity from Earth. It will also be used to slow down the probe for Mars orbit insertion and subsequently, for orbit corrections.

Orbit raising manoeuvres

Orbit trajectory diagram (not to scale).
Several orbit raising operations were conducted from the Spacecraft Control Centre (SCC) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Peenya, Bangalore on 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 16 November by using the spacecraft's on-board propulsion system and a series of perigee burns. The aim was to gradually build up the necessary escape velocity (11.2 km/s) to break free from Earth's gravitational pull while minimising propellant use. The first three of the five planned orbit raising manoeuvres were completed with nominal results, while the fourth was only partially successful. However, a subsequent supplementary manoeuvre raised the orbit to the intended altitude aimed for in the original fourth manoeuvre. A total of six burns were completed while the spacecraft remained in Earth orbit, with a seventh burn conducted on 30 November to insert MOM into a heliocentric orbit for its transit to Mars.
The first orbit-raising manoeuvre was performed on 6 November 2013 at 19:47 UTC when the 440 newtons (99 lbf) liquid engine of the spacecraft was fired for 416 seconds. With this engine firing, the spacecraft's apogee was raised to 28,825 km, with a perigee of 252 km.[54] The second orbit raising manoeuvre was performed on 7 November 2013 at 20:48 UTC, with a burn time of 570.6 seconds resulting in an apogee of 40,186 km.[55][56] The third orbit raising manoeuvre was performed on 8 November 2013 at 20:40 UTC, with a burn time of 707 seconds resulting in an apogee of 71,636 km.[55][57]
The fourth orbit raising manoeuvre, starting at 20:36 UTC on 10 November 2013, imparted an incremental velocity of 35 m/s to the spacecraft instead of the planned 135 m/s as a result of underburn by the motor.[58][78] Because of this, the apogee was boosted to 78,276 km instead of the planned 100,000 km.[58] When testing the redundancies built-in for the propulsion system, the flow to the liquid engine stopped, with consequent reduction in incremental velocity. During the fourth orbit burn, the primary and redundant coils of the solenoid flow control valve of 440 newton liquid engine and logic for thrust augmentation by the attitude control thrusters were being tested. When both primary and redundant coils were energised together during the planned modes, the flow to the liquid engine stopped. Operating both the coils simultaneously is not possible for future operations, however they could be operated independently of each other, in sequence.[59] As a result of the fourth planned burn coming up short, an additional unscheduled burn was performed on 12 November 2013 that increased the apogee to 118,642 km,[55][59] a slightly higher altitude than originally intended in the fourth manoeuvre.[55][79] The apogee was raised to 192,874 km on 15 November 2013, 19:57 UTC in the final orbit raising manoeuvre.[55][79]

Trans-Mars injection

Simulated view of Mars Orbiter Mission along with (left to right) Mars, Earth, Mercury and Sun on 3rd October 2014 at 17ː00 UTC. The Mars Orbiter Mission satellite is at an altitude of about 1300 miles from Mars at the time
Further information: Trans-Mars Injection
On 30 November 2013 at 19:19 UTC, a 23-minute engine firing initiated the transfer of MOM away from Earth orbit and on heliocentric trajectory toward Mars.[80] The probe was travelling a distance of 780,000,000 kilometres (480,000,000 mi) to reach Mars.[81]

Trajectory correction manoeuvres

Four trajectory corrections were originally planned, but only three were carried out.[63] The first trajectory correction manoeuvre (TCM) was carried out on 11 December 2013, 01:00 UTC, by firing the 22 newtons (4.9 lbf) thrusters for a duration of 40.5 seconds.[55] As observed in April 2014, MOM is following the designed trajectory so closely that the trajectory correction manoeuvre planned in April 2014 was not required. The second trajectory correction manoeuvre was performed on 11 June 2014, at 16:30 hrs IST by firing the spacecraft's 22 newton thrusters for a duration of 16 seconds.[82] The third planned trajectory correction manoeuvre was postponed, due to the orbiter's trajectory closely matching the planned trajectory.[83] The third trajectory correction was also a deceleration test 3.9 seconds long on 22 September 2014.[71]

Mars orbit insertion

The plan was for an insertion into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014,[9][72] approximately 2 days after the arrival of NASA's MAVEN orbiter.[84] The 440N liquid apogee motor was successfully test fired at 09:00 UTC (14:30 IST) on 22 September for 3.968 seconds, about 41 hours before actual orbit insertion.[85][86][87]
On 24 September 2014, at IST 04:17:32 satellite communication changed over to the medium gain antenna. At IST 06:56:32 forward rotation started and locked the position to fire, at IST 07:14:32 an attitude control manoeuvre took place with the help of thrusters after eclipse started at IST 07:12:19 and LAM (Liquid Apogee Motor) starts burning at IST 07:17:32 and ends at IST 07:41:46. After that reverse manoeuvre took place, the spacecraft successfully enters Martian orbit.[71][88][89]


First image taken by Mars Orbiter Mission of Mars' surface
The orbit insertion put MOM in a highly elliptical orbit around Mars, with a period of 73 hours and a periapsis of 421 km (262 mi) and apoapsis of 76,993.6 km (47,841.6 mi).[7] Commissioning and checkout operations are planned over the coming weeks to prepare MOM's instruments for science operations.[1][90]


  1. "Mars Orbiter Spacecraft completes Engine Test, fine-tunes its Course". Spaceflight 101. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
  2. "Mars Orbiter Spacecraft". ISRO. November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  3. "Mars Orbiter Mission – Spacecraft". ISRO. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  4. "Mars Orbiter Mission – Payloads" (PDF). Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ISRO. October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  5. "India to launch Mars Orbiter Mission on November 5". NDTV. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. "Mars Orbiter Mission – Launch Vehicle". ISRO. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  7. "Indian Probe in Mars Orbit". Space News. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  8. "Mars Orbiter Mission". ISRO. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  9. "India becomes first country to enter Mars’ orbit on their first attempt". Herald Sun. 24 September 2014 in Morning 8:15 Indian Time. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  11. "India's First Mars Probe Makes Historic Red Planet Arrival". September 23, 2014. "The MOM probe, which is named Mangalyaan (Sanskrit for "Mars Craft"), executed a 24-minute orbital insertion burn Tuesday night, ending a 10-month space journey that began with the spacecraft's launch on Nov. 5, 2013"
  12. Walton, Zach (15 August 2012). "India Announces Mars Mission One Week After Landing". Web Pro News. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  13. Staff (15 August 2012). "Manmohan Singh formally announces India's Mars mission". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  14. Bal, Hartosh Singh (30 August 2012). "BRICS in Space". New York Times. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  15. Patairiya, Pawan Kumar (23 November 2013). "Why India Is Going to Mars". New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  16. "India's Mars satellite successfully enters orbit, bringing country into space elite". The Guardian. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-24. "India has become the first nation to send a satellite into orbit around Mars on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so."
  17. "India becomes first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, joins elite global space club". The Washington Post. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-24. "India became the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet when its indigenously made unmanned spacecraft entered the orbit of Mars on Wednesday"
  18. "India's spacecraft reaches Mars orbit ... and history". CNN. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-24. "India's Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered Mars' orbit Wednesday morning, becoming the first nation to arrive on its first attempt and the first Asian country to reach the Red Planet."
  19. Harris, Gardiner (24 September 2014). "On a Shoestring, India Sends Orbiter to Mars on Its First Try". New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  20. Staff (September 2012). "Mangalyaan -Mission Objectives". Indian Space Science Data Centre. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  21. Amos, Jonathan (24 September 2014). "Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  22. "India's Mars Mission Mangalyaan to be launched on November 5". Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  23. "Mars Orbiter Mission Update". Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  24. "India Launches Mars Orbiter Mission". Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  25. "India's low-cost space mission reaches Mars orbit". Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  26. "Mangalyaan successfully placed into Mars Transfer Trajectory". Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  27. "Cabinet clears Mars mission". The Hindu. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  28. "India's Mars mission gets Rs. 125 crore (19 March 2012)". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  29. "'We are planning to send our first orbiter to Mars in 2013'". Deccan chronicle. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  30. "Rocket science: how ISRO flew to Mars cheap". Hindustan Times. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  31. "India plans mission to Mars next year". 16 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  32. Isro kicks off Mars mission campaign with PSLV assembly Times of India Retrieved 6 August 2013
  33. "India's Mission Mars: The journey begins". NDTV. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  34. "NASA Reaffirms Support for Mars Orbiter Mission". ISRO. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  35. "MOM & Maven will complement each other in Mars findings". The Economic Times. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  36. "India plans another Mars mission in 2017–2020". The Times of India. July 18, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  37. "Mangalyaan: meet the men behind India’s Mars Mission". Hindustan Times. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  38. "Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) – Manglayaan". Indian Space Projects. October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  39. Jagannathan, Venkatachari (1 December 2013). "India’s Mars Orbiter heading towards Mars, enters Sun orbit".
  40. Subramanian, T.S. (5 November 2013). "India starts historic mission to Mars". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  41. Chandran, Cynthia (November 5, 2013). "Kerala stamp on Mars mission". Decan Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  42. Saritha Rai (11/07/2013). "How India Launched Its Mars Mission At Cut-Rate Costs". Forbes. Retrieved September 2014.
  43. PALLAVA BAGLA (September 25, 2014). "A faster, cheaper Mars orbiter". The Hindu. Retrieved September 2014.
  44. "India's First Mission to Mars to Launch This Month". 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  45. "Mars orbiter mission". ISRO. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  46. Chellappan, Kumar (11 January 2013). "Amangal to budget from Mangalyaan, say experts". Daily Pioneer. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  47. "Mars mission gets October, 2013 launch date deadline as India reaches out to the stars". The Indian Express. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  48. "Bangalore centre to control Mars orbiter henceforth". Deccan Herald. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  49. "Mars baton shifts to ISTRAC". The Hindu. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  50. "Mars orbiter well on its way". The Hindu. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  51. "NASA's Deep Space Network to Support India's Mars Mission". 28 June 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  52. Mars mission: India gets help from South Africa to monitor 'Mangalyaan' Times of India 3 December 2013
  53. Mars Mission on track; orbit to be raised on Thursday Economic Times 6 November 2013
  54. ISRO scientists raise orbit of Mars spacecraft. Times of India 7 November 2013
  55. Latest Updates Indian Space Research Organisation: Mars Orbiter Mission. 8 November 2013.
  56. Second orbit raising manoeuvre on Mars Mission performed Indian Express 8 November 2013.
  57. ISRO successfully completes third orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars probe Zee News 9 November 2013
  58. Mars mission faces first hurdle, 4th orbit-raising operation falls short of target. Times of India. 11 November 2013
  59. Mars mission: After glitch, ISRO plans supplementary orbit-raising operation tomorrow. Times of India. 11 November 2013.
  60. Hindustan Times (1 December 2013). "Mars Orbiter successfully placed in Mars Transfer Trajectory". Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  61. ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission MOM Facebook page 9 June 2014
  62. Isro's Mars Orbiter Mission successfully placed in Mars transfer trajectory. 1 December 2013. Times of India.
  63. Lakdawalla, Emily. "Mars Orbiter Mission ready to fly onward from Earth to Mars". The Planetary Science. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  64. ISRO successfully performs first TCM on Mars Orbiter Zee News 11 December 2013
  65. Mangalyaan's next successful step: a tricky mid-course correction NDTV 24x7 11 December 2013
  66. Special Correspondent (11 December 2013). "Mars orbiter gets its first course correction". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  67. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Crosses Half Way Mark of its Journey ISRO 9 April 2014
  68. Health parameters of Mars Orbiter are normal The Hindu 2 March 2014
  69. Trajectory correction of Mars mission likely by June 11 Economic Times 2 June 2014
  70. Mangalyaan on track, no path correction in August Hindustan Times New Delhi, August 01, 2014
  71. "Mars Orbiter Mission – Updates". ISRO. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  72. Rao, V. Koteswara (15 September 2014). "Mars Orbit Insertion" (PDF). ISRO. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  73. Lakdawalla, Emily (31 October 2013). "India prepares to take flight to Mars with the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)". The Planetary Society. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  74. "First image of earth from isro". The Veracious. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  75. "Isro's Mars Mission: Why Mangalyaan's path is full of riders". FP Technology. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  76. "India to launch Mars Orbiter Mission on November 5". The Times of India. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  77. Mars mission: Scientists start raising Mangalyaan's orbit The Times of India 7 November 2013
  78. Lakdawalla, Emily (10 November 2013). "A hiccup in the orbital maneuvers for Mars Orbiter Mission". Planetary Society blogs. The Planetary Society. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  79. "Mars mission: Isro performs last orbit-raising manoeuvre". PTI. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  80. "MOM- Latest Updates". ISRO. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  81. "Indian spacecraft soars on historic journey to Mars".
  82. "ISRO performs TCM-2 on Mars Orbiter Mission". The Economic Times. PTI. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  83. Srivastava, Vanita (1 August 2014). "Mangalyaan on track, no path correction in August". Hindustan Times (HT Media Ltd.). Retrieved 19 Aug 2014.
  84. India's first mission to Mars to launch this month. CBS News. 15 October 2013.
  85. "Mars Orbiter Mission: ISRO to test fire engine today". Zee News. Zee Media Bureau. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  86. "Pre-MOI Press Briefing by Scientific Secretary ISRO". ISRO. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  87. Mars spacecraft test-fired successfully Times of India 22 September 2014
  88. "India's Maiden Mars Mission Makes History". Bloomberg TV India. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  89. "India becomes first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, joins elite global space club". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  90. s Orbiter Mission — Updates (24 September 2014).