"In terms of radio distance, the 1,337 kg Orbiter is cruising at 39 million km away from earth, travelling at 1.55 km per second in the sun's orbit," ISRO said in a statement.

The Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyan’ was launched on November 5, 2013, from Sriharikota spaceport off the Bay of Bengal, onboard a 350-tonne rocket with five scientific instruments to detect methane in the Martian atmosphere, measure the thermal emission and capture images of the red planet from its orbit at a distance of 500 km.

The orbiter is expected to reach the Mars on September 24 this year. Incidentally, the spacecraft is crossing the halfway mark a day after the Earth was at its closest to the red planet.


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