Aditya-L1 takes selfie, snaps moon and earth images
The Aditya-L1 of the Sun Mission takes a selfie and takes images of the Earth and the Moon
Aditya-L1, an ambitious spacecraft project from India, sent images of the Earth and the Moon today as it traveled toward its final goal, the 1.5 million km away Lagrangian point (L1).
The pictures and a selfie that Aditya-L1 had taken were posted on Twitter by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Aditya-L1, which is headed for the Sun-Earth L1 point, snaps a selfie and pictures of the Earth and Moon, according to the national space agency, which has its Bengaluru headquarters.
The photos depict the instruments VELC (Visible Emission Line Coronagraph) and SUIT (Solar Ultraviolet Imager) as observed by the Aditya-L1 camera on September 4, 2023.
On September 2, the mission departed from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Before entering the transfer orbit near the Lagrange point L1, the spacecraft will carry out two more earthbound orbital movements. After 125 days, Aditya-L1 is anticipated to reach the planned orbit at the L1 point.
The study of solar corona physics and its heating mechanism, solar wind acceleration, coupling and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, solar wind distribution and temperature anisotropy, and the origin of CMEs, flares, and near-Earth space weather are some of the mission's primary goals.
After beating rival nations to the lunar south pole in late August, the solar probe is assisting ISRO in achieving its second success in less than a month. According to ISRO Chairman S Somanath, among India's other active initiatives is a human spaceflight program with the potential to put astronauts into orbit for the first time by 2025.
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