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Aditya-L1, India's first mission to Sun, takes selfie, clicks images of Earth and Moon

Aditya-L1 is expected to arrive at the intended orbit at the L1 point after about 127 days.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi New Delhi Updated on: September 07, 2023 13:16 IST
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Image Source : ISRO/X Aditya L1 spacecraft has captured Earth and the Moon

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday said that Aditya-L1, which is destined for the Sun-Earth L1 point, took a selfie and clicked images of the Earth and the Moon. The space agency also shared images and a selfie that Aditya-L1 had clicked.

"Aditya-L1 Mission: Onlooker! Aditya-L1, destined for the Sun-Earth L1 point, takes a selfie and images of the Earth and the Moon," ISRO said in a post on X. 

The spacecraft has already completed two earth-bound orbital manoeuvres. On September 5, Aditya-L1 had successfully undergone the second Earth-bound manoeuvre. Earlier on September 3, the spacecraft had performed the first Earth-bound manoeuvre of the country's maiden solar mission. 

Aditya-L1 to go two more Earth-bound orbital manoeuvres

The spacecraft will undergo two more Earth-bound orbital manoeuvres before placing in the transfer orbit towards the Lagrange point L1. Aditya-L1 is expected to arrive at the intended orbit at the L1 point after about 127 days. 

It should be noted here that Aditya-L1 is the first Indian space-based observatory to study the Sun from a halo orbit around the first sun-earth Lagrangian point (L1), which is located roughly 1.5 million km from Earth. Earlier on September 2, ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C57) successfully launched the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.

Aditya-L1 successfully injected into elliptical orbit

After a flight duration of 63 minutes and 20 seconds, the Aditya-L1 spacecraft was successfully injected into an elliptical orbit of 235x19500 km around the Earth. Aditya-L1 carried seven scientific payloads indigenously developed by ISRO and national research laboratories including the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru, and Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune.

The payloads are to observe the photosphere, chromosphere and the outermost layers of the Sun (the corona) using electromagnetic particle and magnetic field detectors. Using the special vantage point L1, four payloads directly view the Sun and the remaining three payloads carry out in-situ studies of particles and fields at the Lagrange point L1, thus providing important scientific studies of the propagatory effect of solar dynamics in the interplanetary medium, ISRO stated. 

Also Read: Aditya-L1: Satellite is healthy, first Earth-bound manoeuvre performed successfully, tweets ISRO

Also Read: Aditya-L1: PM Modi congratulates ISRO over India's first solar mission launch

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