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Indian mission successfully continues its journey to the Sun

New Delhi, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) The Aditya L1 mission, the first mission to study the Sun, successfully completed its second planned maneuver at the current stage of its journey, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) reported.

The Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (Istrac) carried out the operation, which was tracked by ground stations in Mauritius, Bangalore and Port Blair, ISRO posted on social media.

The new orbit reached is 282 x 40,225 kilometers (km) and the next maneuver will be for September 10, India’s space agency detailed.

Aditya-L1 is the first Indian space observatory that will study the Sun from a halo orbit around the first Sun-Earth Lagrangian point (L1), which is approximately one million kilometers from the Earth’s ground, the specialized source said.

The first maneuver was successfully performed on September 3, one day after the rocket’s successful liftoff to the Sun with a mission considered unprecedented for space science.

After initiating its flight, Aditya-L1 managed in about 60 minutes to enter an elliptical orbit of 235 x 19,500 km around the Earth.

The spacecraft will undergo two more Earth-bound maneuvers before settling into the transfer orbit toward the L1 Lagrange point, which it is expected to reach in four months, Isro noted.