MOM’s Midnight Manoeuvers !

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft has to go several rounds around Earth to gradually increase its velocity to attain the escape velocity with minimum fuel consumption.
This is planned in a series of Midnight manoeuvers (a.k.a Earth Bound Manoeuvers) in which MOM’s engine will be fired in a direction tangential to Earth while MOM is at its closest orbital position to Earth.
The six ellipses represent the various orbits of the spacecraft around Earth and the outward trajectory represents the Trans-Mars Injection Manoeuver.

The first of this series of Midnight Manoeuvers is planned at 01: 17 Hrs IST tonight !
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