The 56-hours-30-minutes countdown for the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launch for its ambitious Rs. 450-crore Mars Mission will start at 6:08am on Sunday, November 3. Soon after, the propellants will be filled in the spacecraft.
The spacecraft is slated for a take-off at 02:36pm on November 5. The PSLV-XL will carry the 1337 kg Mars Orbiter Satellite into a 230km x23500km elliptical orbit
Isro had a launch rehearsal for its on Thursday where the entire procedure of the final stages of the nearly eight-and-a-half hours countdown leading to the take-off was simulated.
The spacecraft will move out of the Earth's sphere of influence on December 1 at 12:42am and will enter into the heliocentric (sun-centric) orbit.
It will remain here for 300 days and will finally enter the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014.
The spacecraft will carry five payloads, including one for measuring methane.
They will carry out different scientific and technological experiments once the spacecraft enters the Martian orbit.