Actor R Madhavan nominated as President of FTII

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Sep 01, 2023
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur congratulated the actor for the nomination (ANI/ANI pic service)

Actor R Madhavan is nominated as the new President of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and chairman of the governing council. The nomination of R Madhavan comes as recently his film 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect', won a National Award. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur congratulated the actor for the nomination and expressed hope that R Madhavan's strong ethics will enrich the institute.

“Heartiest congratulations to @ActorMadhavanji on being nominated as President of @FTIIOfficial and Chairman of the governing council. I'm sure that your vast experience & strong ethics will enrich this institute, bring positive changes, & take it to a higher level. My best wishes to you," Anurag Thakur said.

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ISRO Will Attempt To Revive Vikram Lander

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Sep 21, 2023

With the lunar sunrise expected on the Moon, ISRO scientists are working to revive Chandrayaan 3's Vikram Lander and the Pragyaan rover, which have remained inactive for approximately half a month on the Moon's Shiv Shakti point—enduring freezing temperatures reaching -200 degree celsius.

ISRO officials have clarified their plans to attempt the reactivation of the lander module and the rover on Thursday and Friday—taking advantage of the increased sunlight on the Moon. However, they acknowledge that the possibility of restoring full functionality to the hardware is limited; but they may be able to awaken the lander and rover with reduced capabilities.

Both the Vikram Lander and the Pragyaan rover are currently stationed at the Moon's South Pole, where temperatures can plummet drastically. Initially designed to function for one lunar day, equivalent to 14 Earth days, these modules have been without sunlight for half a month.

ISRO's chairman, S. Somnath said that he is hoping for the sun to shine on the Moon's South Pole so that Chandrayaan 3's hardware can be revived. “We can only hope to see the equipment back to life on September 22,” said S. Somnath.

Furthermore, regarding the status of the hardware, they were put into a dormant state as planned when the lunar sunset occurred on September 2. However, the solar-powered batteries were left charged, and the modules were positioned to receive sunlight upon the lunar sunrise.

It is worth noting that India's Chandrayaan 3 mission achieved remarkable success, with the Vikram Lander executing a soft landing on the far side of the Moon—a feat no other country had accomplished before. This achievement made India the fourth nation, following the US, China, and Russia, to successfully land on the Moon's surface and the first to land on the Moon's South Pole. The Chandrayaan-3 mission started on July 14, launching on the Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM-3) rocket, embarking on a 41-day journey to reach and soft land on the lunar South Pole.

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AWS Signs Pact With ISRO To Advance India's Space Capabilities With Cloud Tech Published 20 minutes ago

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Sep 14, 2023

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with ISRO and IN-SPACe to support space-tech innovations through cloud computing. The collaboration with ISRO and Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) is aimed at giving space startups, research institutes and students access to cloud technologies through AWS Activate for new solutions in the space sector, AWS said in a statement on Wednesday.

The collaboration follows the approval to Indian Space Policy, 2023 in April by the government which provides a strategic roadmap for the growth and development of India's space programme using cloud computing, data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. AWS India and South Asia Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, Shalini Kapoor said the company is committed to helping startups identify use cases and accelerate solution development, and build a strong talent pool in India with expertise in cloud and space.

”Cloud computing-led innovations enable the space industry to make better decisions, faster pushing the boundaries of possibilities. We look forward to helping customers in India build space-tech solutions to make life on Earth better, Kapoor added. ISRO Director for Capacity Building and Public Outreach Sudheer Kumar N said cloud computing enables the speedy management of large volumes of raw space data, besides running AI, ML and analytics workloads to achieve meaningful outcomes in a highly cost-effective manner.

Startups will also benefit from access to AWS and its global experience of building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator programme. After Chandrayaan-3 moon landing and Aditya L-1 mission, it is time we leverage the limitless potential of space technology and cloud computing to propel India's space sector to new heights. This partnership with AWS is a testament to that and through this, we aim to empower startups, students, and researchers to dream beyond the skies, drive innovation, and contribute to the global space industry, said IN-SPACe Director, Promotion Directorate, Vinod Kumar.

The three organisations will also collaborate on a new initiative to train students and educators in cloud computing, AI, ML, analytics, and security, by leveraging AWS education programmes.

Source: News18
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Will send you to moon with Chandrayaan 4

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Sep 07, 2023
The undated incident appears to have taken place during a public address in the poll-bound state. (HT File)

A video of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar telling a woman that she'd be sent to the moon on board Chandrayaan 4 has gone viral. The undated incident appears to have taken place during a public address in the poll-bound state. The clip – brought to prominence by the Aam Aadmi Party – has since provoked outrage in the Opposition ranks.

“Agli bar jo chand ke upar jayega na Chandrayaan 4, usmein tumko bhej denge. Baith jao. (Next time, you will be sent to the moon on Chandrayaan 4. Sit down)," the chief minister said after the woman asked for a factory.

“Shame on such a Chief Minister. Those who were elected by the public to serve, today they are making fun of the public. The woman's crime was so much that she sought employment in a factory," read a tweet shared by the AAP social media handle.

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ISRO Team Visits Jadavpur University

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Sep 07, 2023

A team of the ISRO visited the Jadavpur University in Kolkata on Wednesday and took stock of the security measures on the campus.

The visit came after Governor CV Ananda Bose, who is also the chancellor of the university, wrote to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to suggest security measures following the death of a first-year undergraduate student allegedly due to ragging.

The two members of the team visited different parts of the campus and the buildings, and discussed the security-related issues with varsity officials, JU's officiating vice-chancellor Buddhadeb Sau told PTI.

“They deliberated on beefing up security with the use of remote sensing technology. They also discussed ways to prevent the entry of outsiders into the campus and monitor the movement of people so that narcotic substances are not consumed. They will give inputs to our security team,” he said.

The ISRO team also discussed ways to prevent ragging in the hostels through surveillance but without intruding into the private space of students, Sau said.

“It is a data-based project in which experts from both ISRO and JU are participating. They will tell us about their observations and we will share ours with them. The university will take follow-up steps accordingly,” he added.

The governor approached ISRO on August 24 to help the state-run university in curbing ragging cases by identifying an appropriate technological solution.

Multiple sources such as video analytics, image matching, automatic target recognition and remote sensing will be explored for developing a security system for JU, he had said in a statement at that time.

The death of the student after falling from the boys' hostel triggered a nationwide outrage, last month. Thirteen persons, including present and former students, were arrested in connection with the case.

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PM Modi to visit Indonesia today

Posted By: Preeti Dabar Posted On: Sep 06, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Indonesia during the night on September 6 and return to New Delhi late in the evening the following day (via REUTERS) (REUTERS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on a significant diplomatic visit to Indonesia this Wednesday evening. The visit, a tight 24-hour trip, culminates in his return to New Delhi on September 7 evening. The excursion to Jakarta is at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and it comes as a precursor to India's hosting of the G20 Summit on September 9-10.

In Jakarta, PM Modi is expected to take part in two high-level summits on September 7 — the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit (EAS). In an accommodating gesture, Indonesia, which currently holds the chair of ASEAN, rearranged the summit schedules to allow for PM Modi's early departure.

This year's ASEAN Summit theme is "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth", reflecting Indonesia's vision for the bloc as a key hub of economic development. These meetings will also serve as an avenue for India and its Southeast Asian counterparts to review their mutual progress and map out avenues for future collaboration, ANI reported.

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It's worth noting that the 20th ASEAN-India Summit marks the first meeting of its kind since the relationship between the two parties was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2022. These upgraded ties signify greater cooperation across various sectors, from trade to security.

The East Asia Summit is equally significant, giving India a platform alongside eight other dialogue partners and ASEAN nations to discuss issues of regional and global import. It's a stage for multilateral dialogue, a crucial component for maintaining stability and fostering cooperation in the Asian region.

A key focus of this visit will be economic cooperation. Just in August, ASEAN-India Economic Ministers gathered in Indonesia. Their primary agenda was a timely assessment of the ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement, initially inked in 2009. Both sides have committed to a quarterly negotiation schedule, aiming for a comprehensive review of the trade agreement by 2025.

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PM Modi's forthcoming trip to Indonesia is not his first; he previously visited the country in 2018. At that time, both India and Indonesia upgraded their bilateral relationship, inaugurating a New Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

This pact aimed at elevating cooperation in multiple domains, setting the stage for what is today a flourishing diplomatic and economic relationship between the two nations.

(With agency inputs)

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Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Sep 02, 2023
Preparations in the final phase for India's maiden solar mission, Aditya L1 onboard the PSLV-C57, ahead of its launch on Sept. 2, 2023.(PTI)

Aditya L1 launch LIVE Updates: India is set to launch its maiden solar expedition, the Aditya L1 mission, with ISRO's PSLV rocket. This mission, following the successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar expedition, aims to study the Sun from a vantage point at the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point (L1), approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth. The L1 position allows continuous observation of the Sun without eclipses.

The spacecraft, equipped with seven payloads, will send data to Earth, with the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) being the most significant payload. It will capture around 1,440 solar images daily for analysis. The propulsion system, including the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM), plays a vital role in reaching the intended orbit.

The mission's objectives include understanding the solar atmosphere, solar wind distribution, and temperature anisotropy. Continuous monitoring of the Sun is crucial for studying solar quakes or Coronal Mass Ejections, which can affect Earth's geomagnetic fields. Aditya L1 represents India's endeavour to study the nearest star in our solar system in detail, contributing to broader knowledge about stars within and beyond the Milky Way.

Follow all the updates here:

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Did you know that the mission is the first space-based observatory class?

Aditya-L1 is the first space-based observatory class to study the Sun. It will be launched using ISRO's reliable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at 11.50am today.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Why study the Sun, IIA scientist explains it for you

A top scientist said that monitoring of the Sun on a 24-hour basis is a must to study solar quakes. These quakes can alter the geomagnetic fields of earth, Professor and In-Charge Scientist at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Dr R Ramesh told PTI, adding that just as there are earthquakes on Earth, there are something called solar quakes which called as Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs).

Fascinating, right?

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: How far is the Lagrangian Point 1 from Earth, you ask?

Lagrangian Point 1 or L1 is 1.5 million km away from the Earth in the direction of the Sun. Aditya mission is expected to cover the distance in four months' time.

Yes, four months!

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: What ISRO chief said on the mission

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief S Somanath said that it is an important launch and the satellite will take 125 days to reach the L1 point.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Why you need to know about Lagrange point

Aditya-L1 will enter into a halo orbit around one of five Lagrange points- like a parking spot in space because probes can orbit them in a constant pattern while conserving fuel. From there, Aditya-L1 will have an uninterrupted view of the Sun and study in real time its effect on environmental conditions for other planets.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Sun mission could make India enter the elite club. Which one?

With Aditya-L1, India will be among few nations studying Sun as if all goes well with India's Aditya-L1 mission, it will bring India among few countries with probes studying the Sun.

Former ISRO scientist on Aditya L1 Mission's scientific challenges and rewards

“It is technically very challenging to acquire the L1 point and have an orbit around that and to survive for the five years with very accurate finding requirements... This is scientifically going to be rewarding because seven instruments will try to understand the dynamics and phenomena of what's happening there,” Padma Shri awardee and former ISRO scientist Mylswamy Annadurai told ANI.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Poet-diplomat Abhay K pens Sun Anthem

Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K has composed a Sun Anthem in honor of ISRO's historic launch of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, India's first dedicated solar study mission. The anthem celebrates the Sun as a home star, illuminating lives on Earth, the Moon, and Mars, bringing unity in the vast cosmos.

The anthem goes: "Home star, you're never too far. Lighting up our lives wherever we are. On Moon or Mars, near or far, home star, you're never too far. Keeping us all from drifting apart in the deep dark galactic bar. Igniting the skies each day in the Orion spur of the Milky Way."

Streaming light across the dark space. Primeval god, Universe's glowing face. Home star, you're never too far. Lighting up our lives wherever we are

Abhay K, hailing from Bihar, said he draws inspiration from Chhath puja, a festival that worships the Sun. The diplomat renowned for his planetary anthems aims to immortalize these moments through poetry, emphasizing the importance of space exploration in understanding celestial bodies' behaviour and interactions.

Let's give you a catch-up of the latest on Aditya L1 launch

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Which space agencies have already sent solar probes

The United States and the European Space Agency (ESA) have sent numerous solar probes, beginning with NASA's Pioneer programme in the 1960s. But if successful, the latest mission from the ISRO will be the first by any Asian nation to be placed in solar orbit.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Where will ISRO's Sun mission be positioned?

Unlike Chandrayaan 3, which softly touched down near the lunar south pole, the solar probe will be positioned at the first Lagrange point in the Earth-Sun system instead.

The distance to the L1 point is 1.5 million km, a span anticipated to be traversed by the spacecraft through various manoeuvres over the course of 4 months, ISRO said. Remarkably, this distance represents only 1 per cent of the overall 150 million km separation between Earth and the Sun.

Aditya L1 latest news: Where to watch launch live?

Aditya L1 launch live stream

ISRO has provided streaming links to watch the launch of India's first solar mission scheduled for September 2. The live feed will start at 11:20am.

• ISRO website: Click here or search- https://isro.gov.in

• ISRO official YouTube channel: Search- https://www.youtube.com/@isroofficial5866

• ISRO official Facebook channel: Search- https://facebook.com/ISRO

Aditya L1 latest updates: India's first solar observatory's four-month voyage to the Lagrange point 1

Aditya L1 mission's detailed schedule

The entire journey from the launch to reaching L1 is expected to take approximately four months for the Aditya L1 mission. Here is a breakdown of the journey to the Sun-Earth system's L1 point.

Launch: The Aditya L1 mission will be launched by ISRO's PSLV XL rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC-SHAR), Sriharikota.

Initial Orbit: The spacecraft will be initially placed in a Low Earth Orbit.

Elliptical Orbit: The orbit will then be adjusted to become more elliptical.

Exit from Earth's Gravitational Sphere of Influence (SOI): The spacecraft will be propelled towards the L1 point using onboard propulsion. As the spacecraft moves towards the Lagrange point, it will exit Earth's gravitational Sphere of Influence.

Cruise Phase: After leaving Earth's SOI, the cruise phase of the mission will commence.

Halo Orbit: Subsequently, the spacecraft will be injected into a large halo orbit around the Lagrange point (L1).

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Havan, special prayers being held for mission success

Priests in Varanasi performed havan while Surya Namaskar and special prayers were performed at the centres of Doon Yoga Peeth in the presence of spiritual guru Acharya Bipin Joshi for the successful launch of the ISRO's Aditya L1 mission from Sriharikota.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Visitors arrive at SDSC Sriharikota to witness launch

VIDEO | "I'm very excited to be here at the launch of Aditya-L1 Mission. Chandrayaan-3's successful landing made us intrigued with the space events," says a visitor who reached Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota to witness the launch of Aditya-L1 Mission later today. pic.twitter.com/nx9ikalaCl

“I'm very excited to be here at the launch of Aditya-L1 Mission. Chandrayaan-3's successful landing made us intrigued with the space events,” a visitor tells PTI.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: LPSC's proven systems to propel India's maiden solar mission

The Liquid Propulsion System Centre (LPSC), established in 1987, has been a vital support centre for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in various space missions. It has played a pivotal role in India's space endeavours, providing liquid and cryogenic propulsion systems for PSLV and GSLV rockets. LPSC's Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) has been instrumental in satellite propulsion for missions like Chandrayaan and the Mars Orbiter Mission. In the Aditya L1 Mission, LAM, with a thrust of 440 newtons, will help position the Aditya spacecraft in the Lagrangian orbit, approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, marking another significant contribution to India's space exploration efforts.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: 23 students of Punjab government schools to witness launch in Sriharikota

As many as 23 students of Punjab government schools Friday took a flight from here to Sriharikota to attend ISRO's Aditya L1 launch event.

As India aims for the Sun on Saturday with its maiden solar expedition, ISRO's PSLV C57 will carry the Aditya L1 mission on a 125-day voyage to the Sun. The 23.10 hour countdown for the launch commenced at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Friday, ISRO said.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Launch to be live-streamed at Hyderabad's B M Birla Planetarium

The launch of the country's maiden solar mission -- Aditya-L1 will be streamed live at B M Birla Planetarium on Saturday in the city, an official said here.

Citizens will get to witness the live streaming (online) of the launch of Aditya-L1 on Saturday in the B M Birla Planetarium. A science talk on the ‘Sun and Aditya-L1 mission' will also be held, Director of BM Birla Science Centre and Planetarium K G Kumar said on Friday.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Wife of project scientist prays for success of solar mission

As the countdown for India's maiden solar mission Aditya-L1 began on Friday, Keerthi, the wife of a project scientist who worked for Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) payload arrived at Shriharikota to witness the launch.

"As a wife, there are lots of hardships, so when earlier lunar mission was a failure we were telling people that a lot of people have worked on that...It was sad to hear that because we see they were put through a lot of hardship. We were sad hearing that... So I pray for the success of the event," said Keerthi.

"I am very excited. My husband is a project scientist for Aditya-L1. He worked for SUIT (Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope which is one Payload in Aditya L1. It is his 7 years of hardship. He left for Pune when my son was six months old. We were living in Manipal. Today we have come to witness the launch of Aditya L1," she said.

Aditya L1 launch LIVE updates: Former ISS Commander Applauds ISRO's mission for solar threat monitoring

On the occasion of the launch of the Aditya L-1 Mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), renowned astronaut and author of "The Apollo Murders," Chris Hadfield, shared his insights on the mission's significance in protecting the Earth from the Sun's potentially catastrophic solar events.

Chris Hadfield drew attention to a significant historical solar event that occurred on this day in the last century, emphasizing the gravity of the Sun's power. He said, "Well, there's a terrific example in history. On this day in the last century, the worst solar event that has ever happened blasted the Earth. A huge blob of energy, of high-energy particles, smashed into the Earth... It actually set telegraph machines on fire. That's going to happen again. So when we put something like Aditya L-1 up there in between us and the Sun to sense those things, to better understand how the Sun works and the threats that it has to the Earth, it's good for everybody, for protecting us as people... So, it's a really good new scientific probe to have out there teaching us about the Sun."

Hadfield stressed the critical role of technology in modern society and said, "Everybody on Earth is counting on technology... We are counting on a really complicated interconnected global electric and data system. The electromagnetic energy that comes from the Sun is both a benefit to that, but also a huge threat to that. So, putting a new sensor in between us and the Sun, that is looking specifically at how the Sun sends out these big damaging ejections of high-energy particles, is really useful information, not just for ISRO and not just for the Indian space program, but it's something that is sort of vital."

Aditya L1 launch LIVE Updates: Largest payload to send 1,440 images per day

The Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), a crucial component of India's Aditya L1 solar mission, will transmit 1,440 daily images for analysis upon reaching orbit. Integrated and tested at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, VELC is the mission's largest and most challenging payload. VELC will send continuous solar images from a halo orbit around Lagrangian Point 1, 1.5 million km from Earth. These images will be processed at the VELC Payload Operations Centre to detect coronal mass ejections automatically and provide crucial data to the scientific community. The mission's primary focus is to understand solar phenomena and their impact. VELC's precision mirror allows for high-resolution imaging of the solar corona, making it a valuable asset for solar astrophysics research.

Aditya L1 Mission LIVE Updates: Spacecraft carries 7 scientific payloads for systematic study of Sun

Aditya-L1 will carry seven different payloads to have a detailed study of the sun, four of which will observe the light from the sun and the other three will measure in-situ parameters of the plasma and magnetic fields.

Aditya L1 Mission LIVE Updates: What we know about PSLV-C57

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or PSLV, is a family of expendable launch vehicles developed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). PSLV-C57 is the 59th flight of PSLV and the 25th mission using PSLV-XL configuration. The launch vehicle is 44.4m high with a lift-off mass of 321 tonnes.

Aditya L1 Mission LIVE Updates: What will be trajectory to L1?

Initially, Aditya-L1 will be placed in a Low Earth Orbit, Subsequently, the orbit will be made more elliptical and later the spacecraft will be launched towards the Lagrange point (L1) by using onboard propulsion.

As the spacecraft travels towards L1, it will exit the Earth's gravitational Sphere of Influence (SOI). After exit from SOI, the cruise phase will start and subsequently, the spacecraft will be injected into a large halo orbit around L1.

Aditya-L1 Mission Live Updates: What is Lagrange point 1 (L1)?

Aditya L1 spacecraft is planned to be placed in a halo orbit around the Lagrange point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system, which is about 1.5 million km from the Earth. Putting Aditya-L1 in the halo orbit around the Lagrange point 1 would allow the satellite to continuously view the Sun without any occultation or eclipses. L1 is one of the five Lagrange points in the gravitational system of two large bodies, such as the Earth and the Moon or the Earth and the Sun. These points are named after the French mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange, who studied them in the 18th century.

For the Earth-Sun system, L1 would be the point between Earth and the Sun, where the gravitational pull from the Earth and the Sun are balanced. One of the unique characteristics of L1 is that objects placed there can essentially "hover" relative to the Earth's position in its orbit around the Sun. This property makes Lagrange Point 1 an interesting location for various space missions and satellite deployments. Read more…

Aditya L1 Mission Live Updates: All systems ready for Sun mission launch

Aditya-L1, set to launch from Sriharikota, will be India's inaugural solar space observatory, studying the sun's activities and their impact on space weather from a strategic orbit around Lagrangian Point 1. The 23.10-hour countdown for the launch of Aditya L1 onboard PSLV C57 commenced on Friday.

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Aditya L1 Latest News Updates

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Sep 02, 2023

Aditya L1 Mission Latest Updates: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is ready with its next space mission in a space of 2 months, as the space agency gears up for its first-ever mission to the sun on Saturday, September 2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. After successfully landing on the south side of the Moon with the Chandrayaan 3, ISRO is running down the clock for the launch of the Aditya-L1 mission which is going to be India's first dedicated scientific mission to study the Sun.

Aditya L1 Mission Latest updates:

The stage is finally set! ISRO's Aditya L1 solar mission is launching at 11:50 a.m. Stay tuned for the latest updates!

Aditya-L1 solar mission live telecast will be available on the ISRO website, its YouTube channel, Facebook, and DD National TV from 11.50 AM (IST).

Visuals from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh ahead of the launch of Aditya-L1 Mission by ISRO.

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ISRO says that Aditya-L1 will stay approximately 1.5 million km away from Earth, directed towards the Sun.

Aditya-L1 will neither land on the Sun nor approach the Sun any closer.

ISRO on Wednesday said that the launch rehearsal and vehicle internal checks were completed.

Indian Space Research Organisation's Aditya L-1 is set to be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

The main objectives of the Aditya-L1 mission are to study the dynamics of the solar upper atmosphere (chromosphere and corona) and investigate heating mechanisms, plasma physics, and solar phenomena like coronal mass ejections and flares.

ISRO chief S Somanath said that it is an important launch and the satellite will take 125 days to reach the L1 point.

A visitor at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre said, “I'm thrilled to be here for the Aditya-L1 Mission launch. Chandrayaan-3's successful landing sparked our interest in space events."

What is Aditya L1?

Aditya-L1 is the first space-based Indian observatory to study the Sun. ISRO said that the Aditya L1 spacecraft/PSLV-C57 rocket is designed to provide remote observations of the solar corona and in situ observations of the solar wind at L1 (Sun-Earth Lagrangian point), which is about 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth.

Will Aditya L1 land on Sun?

Aditya-L1 will neither land on the Sun nor approach the Sun any closer.

Where Aditya L1 will land?

Aditya L1 Mission

This mission is confirmed to have seven payloads on board that will observe the photosphere, chromosphere and the outermost layers of the Sun (the corona) will provide greater advantage of observing the solar activities and its effect on space weather.

The four payloads of Aditya L1 will directly view the Sun using the special vantage point L1 and the remaining three payloads will carry out in-situ studies of particles and fields at the L1 point, thus providing important scientific studies of the propagatory effect of solar dynamics in the interplanetary medium.

The ISRO official also added that the mission is a fully indigenous effort with the participation of national institutions. Aditya-L1 has been developed by U R Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru and it arrived at ISRO's spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh earlier this month. Aditya L1 mission has been developed at an estimated budget of Rs 424 crore.

The scientific studies by the satellite will enhance our current understanding of the Solar Corona and also provide vital data for space weather studies", ISRO officials had said earlier this year.

ISRO is going to use the PSLV-C57 launch vehicle to jumpstart the Aditya L-1 mission. The spacecraft is designed to provide remote observations of the solar corona and in-situ observations of the solar wind at L1 (Sun-Earth Lagrangian point), which is at a distance of 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth.

The positioning of the spacecraft in the halo orbit around the L1 point will help the agency to view the Sun without any occultation or eclipses. It will observe the Sun from a close distance and gather information about its atmosphere and magnetic field.

Source: News18
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Aditya L1 Mission Live Updates

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Sep 01, 2023
A graphic representation of ISRO?s Aditya L1 mission.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its first space mission to study the Sun, Aditya-L1 at 11.50am on September 2 from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

The spacecraft is designed to provide remote observations of the solar corona and in situ observations of the solar wind at L1 (Sun-Earth Lagrangian point), which is about 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth. Notably, Aditya-L1 is a fully indigenous effort with the participation of national institutions. On Thursday, ISRO chairman S Somanath said the space agency was getting ready for the launch and that the countdown for its launch will start on Friday.

For the ISRO, success would be another major feat after India became the first country to land a spacecraft close to the lunar south pole in August. If all goes according to plan, Aditya-L1 will enter into a halo orbit around one of five Lagrange points. From there, Aditya-L1 should enjoy an uninterrupted view of the sun and study in real-time its effect on environmental conditions in the vicinity of Earth and other planets. The ISRO's spacecraft can also help scientists dig out the hidden history of the Earth's climate as solar activities have an impact on the planet's atmosphere.

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Countdown to launch on Sept 2 at 11:50am begins

PSLV-C57/Aditya-L1 Mission:The countdown leading to the launch at 11:50 Hrs. IST on Septermber 2, 2023 has commended. The launch can be watched LIVE on ISRO Website https://t.co/osrHMk7MZL Facebook https://t.co/zugXQAYy1yYouTube https://t.co/NzOCSnp2ZvDD National TV…

Watch: ISRO scientists visit Sri Venkateswara Temple ahead of Aditya L1 mission

#WATCH | Andhra Pradesh: A team of ISRO scientists arrive at Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple, with a miniature model of the Aditya-L1 Mission to offer prayers.India's first solar mission (Aditya-L1 Mission) is scheduled to be launched on September 2 at 11.50am from the… pic.twitter.com/XPvh5q8M7F

Aditya L1 Mission Live Updates: ISRO Chief offers prayers at Chengalamma temple ahead of solar mission launch

ISRO Chairman S Somanath on Friday visited the Sri Chengalamma Parameshwari temple in Sullurpeta in the run-up to the launch of Aditya-L1 mission and prayed for its success. Somanath visited the temple at 7.30 am and offered prayers to the deity, said a temple official.

Talking to reporters, the ISRO chief said the Aditya mission will be launched at 11.50 am on Saturday. He said the solar mission is for studying the Sun and it will take 125 days to reach the exact radius. Following the Sun observatory mission, the space agency would launch various others including SSLV - D3 and PSLV in the coming days, he added.

About the Chandrayaan-3 mission, Somanath said everything is working well.

Aditya L1 to be at Larange point 15 lakh-km from Earth: Scientist

VIDEO | "Aditya L1 will be launched on September 2. It will be at Lagrange point which is a point in space 15 lakh km away from the surface of Earth and where the attraction (gravitational pull of two bodies) cancels each other," says Dr Debiprasad Duari, former director, MP… pic.twitter.com/iRHVLMu16O

"Aditya L1 will be launched on September 2. It will be at Lagrange point which is a point in space 15 lakh km away from the surface of Earth and where the attraction (gravitational pull of two bodies) cancels each other," says Dr Debiprasad Duari, former director, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research.

Aditya L1 Mission Live Updates | Explained: Aditya L1's four-month long journey

The ISRO explained on its website that the spacecraft will be initially placed in a low earth orbit.

“Subsequently, the orbit will be made more elliptical and later the spacecraft will be launched towards the Lagrange point L1 by using on-board propulsion," it said. While travelling towards L1, Aditya L1 will exit the earth's gravitational Sphere of Influence. Once out of it, its "cruise phase" will begin and the craft will be injected into a large halo orbit around L1. “ The total travel time from launch to L1 would take about four months for Aditya-L1,” the ISRO said.

'Aditya L1 was planned in 2008 but…': Ex-ISRO scientist on India's first Sun mission

As India's pioneering space-based solar observatory mission, Aditya L1, gears up for its imminent launch this Saturday, insights from a former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist reveal its early conception over 15 years ago, but it was initially planned for a Near-Earth orbit at around 800 km.

“Aditya was planned for 2008 itself for going into Near-Earth orbit...to go around the Earth and then keep looking at the Sun and give data... ISRO has had a plan for space exploration for quite some time and more than 15 years. ISRO also has to take up further challenges of interplanetary missions...,” former ISRO Scientist Dr YS Rajan, a recipient of the 2012 Padma Shri award for his contributions to science and engineering, told news agency ANI. Rajan also co-authored "India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium" with former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

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Aditya L1 Mission Live Updates: Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru to receive raw data from ISRO for scientific analysis

The VELC Payload Operations Centre (POC) set up in @IIABengaluru campus, will receive raw data from @isro Indian Space Science Data Centre (ISSDC) & process them further to make it suitable for #Scientific analysis. #AdityaL1 @DrJitendraSingh @rajesh_gokhale @guptaakhilesh63 pic.twitter.com/1VztNlPTlj

The Department of Sciente and Technology on Thursday said, “The VELC Payload Operations Centre (POC) set up in @IIABengaluru campus, will receive raw data from @isro, Indian Space Science Data Centre (ISSDC) & process them further to make it suitable for #Scientific analysis. #AdityaL1.”

Aditya L1 solar mission's 1.5 million km journey over four months: Explained

Aditya L1, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s first-ever solar mission, is set to be launched from Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota on Friday. ISRO will launch the spacecraft at 11.50 am, days after Chandrayaan-3's historic success, which landed on the Moon's south pole last Wednesday.

Through Aditya L1, ISRO aims to place the craft in a “halo orbit around the Lagrange point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system, which is about 1.5 million km from the Earth.” Through the mission, ISRO will study the impact of solar activities on space weather in real-time. The other key objectives of the unmanned mission also include understanding “coronal heating, coronal mass ejection, pre-flare and flare activities and their characteristics, dynamics of space weather, propagation of particles and fields, etc,” the space agency explained.

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Aditya L1 Mission Live Updates: Solar mission countdown to start on Friday, says ISRO chief

ISRO Chairman S Somanath on Thursday said the space agency was getting ready for the September 2 launch of the country's ambitious solar mission, Aditya-L1 and that the countdown for its launch will start today.

The mission is scheduled to be launched on September 2 at 11.50 am from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

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Source: Hindustan Times
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Main Payload Crafted by Indian Institute of Astrophysics

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Aug 31, 2023

India is gearing up for the launch of the Aditya-L1 mission, which will travel 1.5 million kilometres to study the Sun. This is a collaboration between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and several other esteemed institutions.

The mission is aimed at finding new information about the earth's closest start over the course of five years.

“Aditya-L1 mission is going to undertake a 15-lakh kilometre long journey. After reaching a point, with the help of the 7 instruments, our country is going to study the Sun over a period of the next 5 years," said Raghunandan Kumar, Director at the Planetary Society.

India's first mission to the sun is scheduled for a launch on September 2. Aditya-L1 will be placed in an orbit around the Lagrange point, which is also called L1. This is a point of the Sun-Earth system, where the gravitational effects from both sides cancel out each other. The mission's aim is to observe — in real-time — solar activities and their effects on space weather.

The instruments and systems are minutely designed for studying crucial data about the sun and also capture its images. The main payload is essentially crafted by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

Director of Space Applications Centre (SAC/ISRO) in Ahmedabad, Nilesh Desai highlighted the key point of the mission saying that the payloads were not only made by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics but other small institutes were also brought in to deliver six other payloads. “This is the uniqueness of this particular mission," a Hindustan Times report quoted Desai as saying.

The mission is expected to take about four months to reach the designated L1 point, following which the spacecraft will begin its in-depth study of the Sun.

The tools on board will provide us with a vast range of data, including insights into the Sun's magnetic field, its outermost layer, the corona and its emissions.

Giving an update on its Aditya-L1 mission, the ISRO said that the launch rehearsal and the rocket's internal checks have been completed on Wednesday.

The spacecraft — the first space-based Indian observatory to study the Sun — would be launched by PSLV-C57 rocket.

(With inputs from PTI)

Source: News18
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Cong Slams Those

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Aug 28, 2023

The Congress has hit out at those “unable to digest the contribution" of Jawaharlal Nehru that led to the setting up of ISRO and asserted that India's first prime minister used to encourage the scientific approach.

The Congress and the BJP have been engaged in a war of words over Nehru and other Congress prime ministers' contribution to India's space programme with the opposition party highlighting its leaders' efforts while the ruling party asserts that major strides have been made in this sector post-2014.

In a post on X on Sunday, Congress general secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh said, “Nehru used to promote scientific approach. Those who are unable to digest his contribution to the setting up of ISRO should listen to his speech on the foundation day of TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research)."

Ramesh also shared a video from Nehru's speech at the event. “Unlike the person who gave knowledge about the science of clouds providing a shield from radar, he (Nehru) did not just talk big but took big decisions," Ramesh said in an apparent swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After Chandrayaan-3's success touched down on the moon, the Congress had said it is a collective success of every Indian and ISRO's achievement reflects a saga of continuity and is truly fantastic.

The party has said India's space journey began in 1962 with the formation of INCOSPAR, which was the result of the farsightedness of Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, along with enthusiastic support from the country's first prime minister, Nehru.

Later, in August 1969, Sarabhai established the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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