Aditya-L1 of India’s Sun Mission Snaps a Selfie and Photographs the Earth and Moon

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Aditya-L1 of India's Sun Mission Snaps a Selfie and Photographs the Earth and Moon
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Aditya-L1 of India’s Sun Mission Snaps a Selfie and Photographs the Earth and Moon

The photographs were posted on Twitter by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), along with a selfie taken by Aditya-L1.

Aditya-L1, India’s ambitious spacecraft mission, sent images of the Earth and the Moon today as it travels to its objective, Lagrangian point (L1), 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.

The photographs were posted on Twitter by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), along with a selfie taken by Aditya-L1.

“Aditya-L1, destined for the Sun-Earth L1 point, takes a selfie and images of the Earth and Moon,” the national space agency based in Bengaluru said.

On September 4, 2023, the camera on board Aditya-L1 captured photographs of the VELC (Visible Emission Line Coronagraph) and SUIT (Solar Ultraviolet Imager) experiments.

On September 2, the mission took out from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The spacecraft has already performed two earthbound orbital maneuvers and will complete two more before entering the transfer orbit towards the Lagrange point L1. After 125 days, Aditya-L1 is scheduled to reach its planned orbit at the L1 point.

The mission’s major objectives include studying the physics of the solar corona and its heating mechanism, solar wind acceleration, coupling, and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, solar wind distribution and temperature anisotropy, and the origin of Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) and flares, as well as near-Earth space weather.

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Five Lagrange Points of Sun-Earth System

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The solar probe is assisting ISRO in achieving its second feat in less than a month, having beaten competitors to the lunar south pole in late August.

Other current programs in India include a manned spaceflight program that intends to take astronauts into orbit for the first time by 2025, according to ISRO Chairman S Somanath.

Also Read: Aditya L1 Successfully Launches from Sriharikota, Becoming India’s First Mission to Study the Sun


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