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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 10:13 IST

'Yet another landmark': PM hails ISRO scientists' dedication as Aditya L1 reaches final destination

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after India’s first solar observatory Aditya-L1 reached its final destination.

Reported by: Bhagyasree Sengupta
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds Aditya L1 mission
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds Aditya L1 mission | Image:ANI/ISRO
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after India’s first solar observatory Aditya-L1 reached its final destination - the Lagrange Point- 1. The Prime Minister called the mission another “landmark” for India and congratulated everyone who was part of the highly ambitious mission. 

“India creates yet another landmark. India’s first solar observatory Aditya-L1 reaches its destination. It is a testament to the relentless dedication of our scientists in realising among the most complex and intricate space missions,” PM Modi wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. “ I join the nation in applauding this extraordinary feat. We will continue to pursue new frontiers of science for the benefit of humanity,” he furthered. On Saturday, the ambitious solar observatory reached the final Lagrangian Point at 4 pm (local time). 

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“Halo-Orbit Insertion (HOI) of its solar observatory spacecraft, Aditya-L1 was accomplished at 16.00 Hrs (approx) on January 6, 2024 (IST). The final phase of the manoeuvre involved firing of control engines for a short duration,” the Indian space agency wrote in the press release. “The orbit of Aditya-L1 spacecraft is a periodic Halo orbit which is located roughly 1.5 million km from earth on the continuously moving Sun – Earth line with an orbital period of about 177.86 earth days. This Halo orbit is a periodic, three-dimensional orbit at L1 involving Sun, Earth and a spacecraft,” the body furthered. 

Praises pour in

Shortly after the mission was declared successful, the President of India Droupadi Murmu took to X and congratulated all the scientists involved in the mission. “Another grand feat accomplished by ISRO! As part of India’s maiden solar mission, Aditya L1, the observatory has been placed in the final orbit and reached its destination at Lagrange Point 1,” the President wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. “Congratulations to the entire Indian scientist community for the great achievement! This mission will enhance our knowledge of the Sun-Earth System and benefit the entire humanity. Significant participation of women scientists in ISRO missions takes women empowerment too onto a higher orbit,” she furthered. 

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Union Minister of Science, Jitendra Singh echoed the same sentiments. "From Moon walk to Sun Dance! What a glorious turn of year for Bharat! Under the visionary leadership of PM @narendramodi, yet another success story scripted by Team #ISRO," Singh wrote on X. “#AdityaL1 reaches its final orbit to discover the mysteries of  Sun-Earth connection,” he concluded.

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Published January 6th, 2024 at 16:36 IST

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