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Mars mission launch delayed by about a week

October 19, 2013 20:06 IST

The launch of India's Mars Orbiter Mission has been delayed by almost a week and a decision on the new date would be taken on October 22, the Indian Space Research Organisation said on Saturday.

The launch window for the MOM mission was earlier slated from October 28 to November 19 and a decision on the launch date was to be taken on Saturday.

"The decision on the date of launch of MOM was postponed due to bad weather in the South Pacific Ocean. The ship-borne communication terminals were on their way there," an ISRO spokesman told PTI in Bngaluru.

The two ships SCI Yamuna and SCI Nalanda -- leased from the Shipping Corporation of India to study the crucial period when the rocket ejects the spacecraft into space -- left for the South Pacific Ocean in mid-September from Visakhapatnam.

The American NASA/JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is also providing communications and navigation support to this mission with their deep space network facilities.

The decision on the date of launch of MOM was to have been taken on Saturday.

The spokesman said the Launch Authorization Board would have another session on October 22 when the date would be finalised. "Otherwise, every thing is fine with the satellite and launch vehicle".

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