Aditya L1’s space selfie showcases a breathtaking view of Earth and the Moon.

India’s Aditya-L1 spacecraft, launched on September 2 from the Sriharikota launch pad in Andhra Pradesh, is embarking on a historic mission as the nation’s first solar observatory. As it travels through space, it has captured breathtaking images of Earth and the Moon, previewing the marvels it will observe at its destination: Lagrange Point 1 (L1).

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Currently en route to the Sun-Earth L1 point, where gravitational forces balance between the Sun and Earth, Aditya-L1 is primed to study the Sun comprehensively. It has completed two Earth-bound maneuvers and will soon depart for its new home, nearly 1.5 million kilometers away.

Aditya-L1 carries seven specialized payloads designed to scrutinize various aspects of the Sun, from its photosphere to chromosphere and corona. Additionally, it will measure magnetic field variations in the halo orbit around L1.

The mission’s overarching goal is to enhance our understanding of solar eruptive events and their influence on space weather. Positioned strategically at L1, Aditya-L1 can continuously monitor the Sun, free from eclipses or occultations, supplying real-time solar activity data.

The primary payload, the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), will transmit 1,440 daily images to ground stations for analysis, providing critical insights into solar properties and advancing our knowledge of solar astrophysics.

These recent images of Earth and the Moon, shared by Aditya-L1, have generated excitement within the scientific community and among space enthusiasts. As the spacecraft proceeds to its destination at L1, it is poised to deliver more captivating imagery and invaluable data, marking a significant milestone in India’s space exploration endeavors.

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