Aditya L1 Mission: India’s first Sun mission Aditya L-1 was launched on 2 September. Aditya L-1, which reached 50,000 km away from the Earth, has started its work. Aditya L-1 has started collecting scientific data using the Supra Thermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer (STEPS) instrument today, Monday, a day before its exit from Earth’s orbit. ISRO has shared this information on Twitter.
ISRO gave information
Sharing the information on Twitter, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that the sensors of the STEPS instrument have started measuring super-thermals, ions and electrons at a distance of more than 50,000 km from the Earth. STEPS was developed by PRL with support from SAC in Ahmedabad. STEPS consists of six sensors that probe in different directions. Also, ISRO said that the STEPS sensors were activated only on September 10, when its orbit around the Earth exceeded 50,000 km. After properly checking the equipment, ground stations start collecting data. The operation of this special equipment will continue until the mission reaches the designated L1 point.
Aditya L-1 mission was launched
Aditya-L1 was launched using a rocket (PSLV-C57) from Sriharikota on September 2, just days after the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander on the Moon’s south pole. The spacecraft is currently revolving around the Earth in an orbit of 256 km x 121,973 km. On Tuesday morning, it is scheduled to leave Earth’s orbit and begin moving toward the Lagrange 1 point.