ISRO Chief Confirms Aditya-L1’s Successful Journey to Lagrange Point on January 6, 4 PM – All 7 Instruments Operating Perfectly

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that its solar mission Aditya L1 will reach Lagrange Point 1 (L1) in the Sun-Earth system on January 6th at 4 p.m. ISRO Chairman S. Somanath provided this information on Thursday, stating that all the instruments of Aditya L1 have been tested and are functioning properly.

Somanath Attends IIT Bombay’s Annual Science and Technology Event

Somanath attended the annual science and technology event at IIT Bombay. There, he mentioned that Aditya L1 has almost reached its target. It is expected to reach Lagrange Point 1 on January 6th at 4 p.m. The engine of Aditya L1 will be burned in a controlled manner to enter the orbit.

Launch of Aditya L1 on September 2nd

Aditya L1 was launched on September 2nd from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota by Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR). This mission is aimed at studying the Sun. L1 Point, where it is destined, is 1.5 million km away from Earth. After reaching Lagrange Point, the spacecraft will observe the Sun without any interference.

All Instruments of Aditya L1 Functioning Properly

Somanath stated that Lagrange Point is an area where the gravitational pull between the Sun and Earth is nullified. He added that after reaching Lagrange Point, Aditya’s spacecraft will study the solar corona, mass ejections, and their impact on our atmosphere.

Expectations from Chandrayaan-3 Rover Not Met

Regarding Chandrayaan-3, Somanath stated that although the Chandrayaan-3 lander successfully landed on the Moon’s surface and collected data for 14 days, it did not wake up as expected. Despite conducting comprehensive tests in our lab, the systems that worked in the laboratory did not work on the lunar surface. The system’s failure on the Moon might be due to factors such as radiation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Announcements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to ISRO’s Command Center on August 26th, made three announcements. First, India will celebrate National Space Day on August 23rd every year. Second, the land where the lander has landed on the Moon will be called “Shiv Shakti Point.” Third, the point on the Moon where Chandrayaan-2’s lander touched down, will be named “Tiranga.”

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