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Final Countdown For Mars Mission Starts On Sunday

The final countdown for the much-awaited launch of India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will start at 6am on November 3, an Isro official said on Monday. The launch is slated for 2.36pm on November 5.

Isro chairman, K Radhakrishnan told the media that postponement of the launch from October 28 to November 5 has come as an advantage because the spacecraft will be less exposed to the Van Allen radiation belt.

The 56-and-a-half-hour final countdown will consist of filling liquid propellants in the second and fourth stage of the rocket, and checking the electrical system and the communication network. PSLV-XL, the rocket which will be used for the launch, is an advanced version of the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
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