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Sun 'eclipses' Indian Mars Orbiter for 15 days

Mon, Jun 08, 2015, 02:20 PM
Bengaluru, June 8: India's Mars mission spacecraft Orbiter got 'eclipsed' early Monday with the sun blocking the Earth from the Red Planet over the next 15 days, a senior space official said.

"Orbiter has entered into a 15-day blackout period, as the Earth is blocked by the sun from the Red Planet till June 22, snapping our communication links with it (spacecraft)," an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS here.

Orbiting around Mars since September 24, 2014, the 1,340-kg spacecraft is on an extended life after completing the six-month intended lifespan on March 24 by conserving the remaining fuel (37kg) onboard.
Agency: IANS
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