Mars spacecraft off to Sriharikota

Like Chandrayaan‐1, which made the road trip from ISRO Satellite Centre to Sriharikota on October 2 and 3, 2008, before its destination ‐ the Moon, India’s first Mars mission too is undertaking similar road journey of 345 km from Bangalore to Sriharikota on October 2 and 3. Chandrayaan‐1 was launched on October 22, 2008. The Mars launch is planned for October 28 exactly five years later, in the same month, six days later. The spacecraft, expected to travel 55 million km to Mars from earth over 10 months to reach Mars orbit in September 2014, has set off in a trailer, wading through road humps and potholes through K R Puram bus stand before reaching Chennai Highway at Hoskote. The mega trailer, with a convoy with of security vehicles, departed at 6.30 am and is expected to reach Sriharikota on October 3 around noon. The overall road journey will last around 32 hours.

Source: Deccan Herald

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