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Indian mission reaches Mars

NEW DELHI -- More than 10 months after it embarked on its historic space voyage, India's ambitious Mars Orbiter mission is expected to enter the orbit of the Red Planet tomorrow following the successful remote firing of its main engine.  

     The 440 Newton LAP, the liquid-fueled main engine of Mangalyaan (meaning Mars craft) was successfully fired for about four seconds Monday after being dormant since early December. The firing corrected the spacecraft's trajectory and reduced its velocity by 2.18 meters per second.

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