Chennai: The countdown for the India's ambitious 430-crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) began Sunday 6.08 a.m. at Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh, a space agency official said.
On Saturday, all the pre-countdown activities were carried out after ISRO's Launch Authorization Board (LAB) gave it the green signal for the rocket's flight Nov 1 from Sriharikota, around 80 km from here.
According to ISRO, the MOM objectives are twofold- technological and scientific.
The technological objectives include design and realization of Mars orbiter with a capability to survive and perform Earth bound maneuvers, cruise phase of 300 days, Mars orbit insertion/capture, and on-orbit phase around Mars.
It will also enable deep space communication, navigation, mission planning and management and incorporate autonomous features to handle contingency situations.
The scientific mission will be to explore the Mars surface features morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere by indigenous scientific instruments.