Facts which will describe the current status of the Mars Mission:

1.) India's Mars mission spacecraft orbiter got 'eclipsed' early on Monday with the Sun blocking the Earth from the red planet over the next 15 days from June 8 to 22.

2.) The MOM during this period will go into an 'autonomous mode' and will take its decisions, a senior Indian Space Research Organisation official said. "This will be for the first time that there will be a communication break for such a long period of about 15 days. During this period, there will not be any communication with the satellite," he said.

3.) Expressing confidence about regaining control over the satellite once the blackout phase is over, he said, "The scenario has been tested for earlier; line of communication will be established."

4.) Stating that the spacecraft has been 'configured' for the blackout, the ISRO official said, "We are not sending any command to the spacecraft now. Till 8th June few hours of signals will be sent by the spacecraft that will be for about two to three hours per day."

5.) "As eclipses or blackouts are a cosmic phenomenon in the solar system, no cause for concern as the orbiter has been put on autonomous mode in advance by sending the required commands from here to survive the eclipse phase," the official asserted.

6.) In May next year, the mission will have to go through a similar phase once again, if there is another extension of mission life when the Earth will come between the Sun and the Mars

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