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ISRO Set to Launch Aditya-L1 Solar Probe After Moon Landing Triumph

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continues its impressive streak, achieving a significant milestone just under ten days after its historic soft landing near the Moon’s south pole. ISRO is now gearing up to launch the Aditya-L1 solar probe at 11:50 AM on Saturday, September 2, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The Aditya L1 mission will employ the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and adopt a trajectory akin to Chandrayaan-3. Initially, it will enter Earth’s orbit and then progressively increase its speed and adjust its trajectory to position itself towards the Sun. This transition from Earth’s orbit to the destination point at a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers from the Sun (L1) is expected to take approximately four months.

Aditya L1, India’s inaugural space mission dedicated to Sun study, will orbit the Sun-Earth L1 point, ensuring uninterrupted solar observations. The probe carries seven instruments to monitor the Sun’s layers and space weather.

As Aditya-L1 mission, India’s first maiden solar observatory mission is to begin at 11.50 am tomorrow. ISRO chairman Dr S Somanath and scientists offered prayers at Chengalamman temple near the spaceport.

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