Chennai : India’s Mars Orbiter spacecraft has completed 90% of its journey to the red planet while scientists are gearing up to meet the challenge of restarting the onboard liquid fuel engine, an official said on Thursday.

“The spacecraft has completed 90% of its journey to Mars. On September 14, its trajectory would be corrected,” a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)said.

According to him, on September 24, the spacecraft is slated to enter into the Mars orbit. On the same day, the maneuvering of the spacecraft will begin around 7.30 am.

The spacecraft’s speed will be reduced from the current velocity so that the Mars Orbiter enters into the orbit. The official said restarting the onboard liquid fuel engine will be a challenging task as it was dormant for nearly

300 days.

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