India’s Aditya-L first solar mission, the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, achieved a significant milestone as it successfully executed its second earth-bound maneuver, announced the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday.
ISRO reported, “Aditya-L1 Mission: The second Earth-bound maneuver (EBN#2) was completed successfully at ISTRAC, Bengaluru. Tracking stations at Mauritius, Bengaluru, and Port Blair monitored the satellite during this operation, resulting in the satellite reaching a new orbit of 282 km x 40,225 km.”
The following critical maneuver (EBN#3) is scheduled for September 10, around 02:30 Hrs. IST,” ISRO added.
ISRO launched India’s maiden solar mission, Aditya-L1, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, shortly after Chandrayaan-3’s successful South Pole moon landing.
This historic mission carries seven diverse payloads, four designed to observe the Sun’s light, while the remaining three will measure in-situ parameters of the plasma and magnetic fields.
Aditya-L1 orbits L1, located 1.5 million km from Earth, towards the Sun. They anticipate completing this journey in about four months.
Aditya-L1 stays 1.5 million km from Earth, always facing the Sun, about 1% of Earth-Sun distance. The mission’s objective is to study the outer atmosphere of the Sun.
ISRO clarified that Aditya-L1 will not land on the Sun or approach it closely.
Aditya-L1 represents a dedicated effort to comprehensively explore the Sun, promising to unveil hitherto unknown aspects of our nearest star. Over 16 days, the satellite will navigate Earth-bound orbits, undergoing five maneuvers to achieve the necessary speed for its journey.
The Aditya-L1 mission is a major leap in understanding the Sun’s pivotal role in our solar system.
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