“If the mission is successfully accomplished, India would be the first country to complete the mission in its maiden attempt,” said ISRO Scientific Secretary, V Koteswara Rao.

Commands required by the Mars Orbiter Mission to enter the planet's orbit have been uploaded and the process will take almost 13 hours to complete.

Rao also said that if things go well, pictures will also be taken though they may not be of very high quality. Mars Mission has covered 98 per cent of the distance.

The Rs 450-crore project, named Mangalyaan, was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on November 5, 2013.

The project is expected to provide the scientific community better opportunities in planetary research.

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