India is set to become the first nation in the world to witness the "waking up" of Chandrayaan-3 mission's lander and rover after the end of a two-week long "sleep" due to sunset on the moon, as the sun is set to rise during the early hours of September 22, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh informed Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Indian space agency in the wee hours of Tuesday sent off the Aditya-L1 solar observatory towards the Sun by successfully inserting it at the Trans-Lagrangian Point 1.
According to ISRO, STEPS was activated on September 10 at a distance greater than 50,000 km from Earth. This distance is equivalent to more than eight times the Earth's radius, placing it well beyond Earth's radiation belt region.
The first, second and third earth-bound manoeuvre was successfully performed on September 3, 5 and 10 respectively.
The new orbit attained is 296 km x 71767 km, it said, adding the next manoeuvre is scheduled on September 15, around 2 am.
India's Aditya-L1 spacecraft has captured a selfie and stunning images of Earth and the Moon from space as it loops around the planet ahead of leaving for its destination, Lagrange Point 1.
India's Aditya-L1 spacecraft, on its mission to study the Sun, captured stunning Earth and Moon images from space, exciting scientists and space enthusiasts.
India’s Sun Mission Aditya-L1 Successfully Performs 2nd Earth-Bound Manoeuvre
Indian space agency in the wee hours of Tuesday said it had successfully manoeuvred its space based solar observatory Aditya-L1 to a new orbit.
The lastest is Niger Shaji, Project Director for Aditya-L1 mission, India’s mission to the Sun.
Speaking on the successful launch of Aditya L1, ISRO Chairman S Somanath said, "The Aditya L1 spacecraft has been injected in an elliptical orbit. I want to congratulate the PSLV for such a different mission approach today to put Aditya L1 in the right orbit.”
"After the success of Chandrayaan-3, India continues its space journey. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers at ISRO for the successful launch of India’s first Solar Mission, Aditya -L1," the Prime Minister posted in X, formerly known as Twitter.
The launch of Aditya-L1 by PSLV-C57 is accomplished successfully. The vehicle has placed the satellite precisely into its intended orbit. India’s first solar observatory has begun its journey to the destination of Sun-Earth L1 point. Here’s a video in graphical representation explaining the working of Aditya-L1.
After the historic moon landing, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched Aditya-L1, India's first solar mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 11.50am on Saturday. Aditya L1 is carrying seven different payloads to have a detailed study of the Sun.
The PSLV-XL variant rocket carries the 1,480.7 kg Aditya-L1 spacecraft as its sole passenger that will study the solar activities.
The spacecraft, after traveling about 1.5 million km from the Earth over 125 days, is expected to be placed in a Halo orbit around the Lagrangian point L1 which is considered closest to the Sun.
During the countdown process, the fuelling of the rocket -- liquid fuel -- will be done as well as checking of its systems.
In the video shared by air hostess Puja Shah on Instagram with the caption 'It is always a pleasure to have national heroes on our flight Mr S Somanath, Chairman of ISRO', the air hostess can be seen welcoming him through the flight's public address system.
For many kids in India, the moon is usually referred to Chandamama as their mothers show it to them while feeding them.
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