Aditya L1, ISRO’s sun probe, orbits farther from Earth after the second maneuver

ISRO Aditya-L1

New Delhi: ISRO successfully raised the orbit of Aditya L1, its solar mission spacecraft, for the second time on Tuesday, September 5. The spacecraft is now orbiting the Earth at a distance of 282 km to 40225 km. ISRO’s ground stations in Mauritius, Bengaluru, and Port Blair monitored the operation.

ISRO said that the next orbit-raising maneuver of Aditya L1 will take place on September 10 at 2:30 p.m. The spacecraft will study the Sun and its effects on Earth.

ISRO also said that it had performed a soft landing of Vikram Lander, which was part of Chandrayaan-3, its lunar mission. The lander was lifted 40 cm above its previous location and then landed again at a different spot. ISRO said that this was done to test the lander’s capabilities for future missions.

ISRO Aditya-L1

ISRO added that Vikram and Pragyan, the rover that came out of it, had completed their mission on the Moon’s south pole and were now in sleep mode. ISRO said that it had collected all the data that it wanted from Chandrayaan-3.