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Aditya L1 Mission: First Earth-Bound Firing to Raise Orbit Today – Insights into the 125-Day Journey to the Sun

Aditya L1 Mission: First Earth-Bound Firing to Raise Orbit Today – Insights into the 125-Day Journey to the Sun


The Aditya L1 mission has embarked on its ambitious 125-day journey toward the Sun. Saturday, at 11:45 am, a crucial milestone will be reached as the first Earth-bound firing is scheduled to take place. This maneuver is designed to elevate the orbit of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, marking a significant step in its mission to study the Sun and its various phenomena.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has disclosed the date and time for the inaugural Earth-bound firing event, which is set to boost the orbit of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft. This pivotal maneuver is scheduled to take place at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 3, following the successful launch of the orbiter aboard the PSLV-C57 rocket. The launch occurred a day earlier from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, marking the commencement of the Aditya L1 mission.

 

Aditya L1 Mission
Aditya L1 Mission

 

Just a week after the notable achievement of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing mission, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has achieved another significant milestone with the successful launch of its maiden solar mission, Aditya L1. In a tweet, ISRO announced that Aditya-L1 has begun generating power, and the deployment of its solar panels has been successfully executed. The next major step in this mission is the first Earth-bound firing, scheduled for September 3, 2023, around 11:45 a.m. IST, which will raise the spacecraft’s orbit as it embarks on its journey to study the Sun.

The Aditya L1 mission has commenced its remarkable 125-day voyage towards the Sun, with the primary objective of studying various aspects of Earth’s closest star. This ambitious mission was successfully placed into orbit by a PSLV rocket.

Over the course of the next four months, Aditya L1 will be meticulously positioned into its designated Halo orbit, known as L1, which is in proximity to the Sun. Once in position, the mission’s seven payloads will become operational, initiating their mission to unravel some of the most compelling mysteries surrounding the Sun. This scientific endeavor promises to provide invaluable insights into our solar system’s central celestial body.

Aditya L1’s mission objectives encompass a wide range of scientific inquiries, including the establishment of a crucial connection between the Sun’s surface and the release of high-energy particles during solar storms.

The spacecraft’s journey unfolds in several phases, beginning with placement in a Low Earth Orbit upon launch. From there, its orbit gradually transforms into a more elliptical shape. During this phase, onboard propulsion systems are engaged to propel the spacecraft toward the Lagrange point (L1).

As Aditya-L1 continues its voyage, it will ultimately depart from Earth’s gravitational Sphere of Influence (SOI) as it nears L1. After crossing the SOI boundary, the spacecraft will enter a cruise phase before being maneuvered into a vast and uniquely-shaped halo orbit around L1.

This distinctive orbit is characterized by its uneven shape and orientation, nearly perpendicular to the line connecting Earth and the Sun. Within this orbit, Aditya-L1 will spend the entirety of its mission.

The mission’s scientific objectives are diverse, encompassing the study of the solar atmosphere, the dispersion of solar wind, temperature anisotropy, and more. Crucially, the spacecraft will maintain a distance of approximately 1% of the Earth-Sun distance, equivalent to about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, all while maintaining a constant orientation facing the Sun. This positioning is integral to the mission’s scientific investigations and observations.


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