Late breaking: The engine burn was successful and ISRO reports that the Mars Orbiter spacecraft is now in orbit about Mars.
Wednesday Sep 24 India's Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission probe is scheduled to fire its main engine and small thrusters to slow itself down to insert the probe into an elliptical orbit about Mars. The probe was launched aboard a PSLV-C25 rocket from SDSC SHAR Sriharikota November 5, 2013. There is a simulation video of the Mars Orbit Insertion maneuver. A live webcast of the real event will be broadcast starting Wed 06:45 am IST, Tue 9:15 pm EDT.
The scientific objective of the mission is the remote sensing exploration of Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere using Indian-manufactured instruments. One key goal is to try to detect methane in the Martian atmosphere, which could be an indicator of biological activity.