India's Mars Orbiter Mission launch delayed by about a week, says ISRO

Oct 19 2013, 22:31 IST
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The decision on the date of launch of Mars Orbiter Mission was to have been taken today. Reuters The decision on the date of launch of Mars Orbiter Mission was to have been taken today. Reuters
SummaryLaunch window for the Mars Orbiter Mission was earlier slated from October 28 to November 19.

Launch of India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has been delayed by almost a week and a decision on the new date would be taken on October 22, ISRO said today.

The launch window for the Mars Orbiter Mission was earlier slated from October 28 to November 19 and a decision on the launch date was to be taken today.

"The decision on the date of launch of Mars Orbiter Mission was postponed due to bad weather in the South Pacific Ocean. The ship-borne communication terminals were on their way there," an ISRO spokesman said here.

The two ships SCI Yamuna and SCI Nalanda - leased from the Shipping Corporation of India to study the crucial period when the rocket ejects the spacecraft into space - left for the South Pacific Ocean in mid-September from Visakhapatnam.

The American NASA/JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is also providing communications and navigation support to this mission with their deep space network facilities.

The decision on the date of launch of Mars Orbiter Mission was to have been taken today.

The spokesman said the Launch Authorization Board would have another session on October 22 when the date would be finalised. "Otherwise, every thing is fine with the satellite and launch vehicle".

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