Aditya L1 reaches final orbit

India’s Aditya L1 solar exploration mission is approaching its final orbit, with ISRO planning a crucial manoeuvre on January 6 to position the spacecraft into a ‘halo orbit’ around Lagrange Point 1 (L1). The attempt aims for an uninterrupted view of the Sun, strategically placing Aditya-L1 approximately 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. ISRO Chairman S Somanath stated that the final manoeuvre would take place on January 6 at 4 pm to achieve the mission’s objectives of solar observation.

Launched on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Aditya-L1 is India’s first dedicated solar mission designed for remote solar corona observations and in-situ solar wind observations at L1. With the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3, this mission marks a significant step in India’s space exploration endeavors, aiming to study the Sun’s various layers and phenomena from its unique orbit around L1.

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