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Aditya-L1 solar probe expected to enter L1 orbit on January 7, says ISRO chairman
ISRO had launched the Aditya-L1 mission aboard the PSLV-C57 on September 2

S Somanath, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). | Photo Credit: K Murali Kumar

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) expects its Aditya-L1 solar probe to enter into orbit around Lagrangian point L1 on January 7, the chairman of the space agency, S. Somanath, said in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
Mr. Somanath, who was here for the 60th-anniversary celebrations of the first rocket launch from Thumba, said the Aditya-L1 mission is now in the final phase of its long journey to L1 point. “The current date for entering into orbit around L1 is January 7,” he said.
One of the five Lagrange points or ‘equilibrium points’ in the Sun-Earth system, L1 is about 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth between the planet and the Sun. ISRO plans to place in a halo orbit at this vantage point in space to carry out studies with its seven scientific payloads.
ISRO had launched the Aditya-L1 mission aboard the PSLV-C57 on September 2.
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  • ISRO expects its Aditya-L1 solar probe to enter into orbit around Lagrangian point L1 on January 7, said the chairman of the space agency, S. Somanath.
  • One of the five Lagrange points or ‘equilibrium points’ in the Sun-Earth system, L1 is about 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth between the planet and the Sun.
  • ISRO had launched the Aditya-L1 mission aboard the PSLV-C57 on September 2.
 

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