India Changes Mars Orbiter Track to Avoid Comet Siding Spring

Indian space agency ISRO has repositioned its Mars Orbiter (MOM) to avoid collision with the fast approaching Comet Siding Spring that is likely to fly by the red planet, said a senior official on Thursday.

"We have repositioned the Mars Orbiter, as the Comet Siding Spring is expected to be close to the Mars on Oct 19," A.S.Kiran Kumar, director, Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad said.

He added the Indian space agency has taken the Mars Orbiter to a position far away from the comet’s tail. NASA said the Comet Siding Spring is expected to come within about 87,000 miles of Mars Oct 19

Space agencies like Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), NASA of the US and others who have ventured into Mars mission have taken precautionary measure.

India’s Mars Orbiter, lifted off on November 5, 2013 by PSLV-C25 from Sriharikota left the Earth’s orbit on December 1, 2013 and reached Mars orbit on Sept. 24 and remained in an elliptical orbit with the closest point around 420km and the farthest around 80,000km.

(With inputs from IANS)

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