Aditya Mission: India’s Sun Mission ‘Aditya L-1’ spacecraft has started collecting data. This data will help scientists in analyzing the behavior of particles present around the Earth. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) gave this information on Monday (September 18)."text-align: justify;">ISRO said, “The sensors installed in India’s first solar observatory have started measuring ions and electrons at a distance of more than 50 thousand kilometers from the Earth.”
The data will help scientists analyze the behavior of particles around the Earth, the national space agency said in a post on social media platform X. Supra Thermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer (STEPS) Aditya Solar. The ‘Wind Particle Experiment’ is a part of the space instrument.
Aditya-L1 has commenced collecting scientific data.
The sensors of the STEPS instrument have begun measuring supra-thermal and energetic ions and electrons at distances greater than 50,000 km. from Earth.
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Measurements will also be done during the cruise phase
ISRO said, “As Aditya L-1 moves towards the L1 point between the Sun and the Earth, STEPS measurements will be taken.” This measurement will also continue during the ‘cruise phase’ of the spacecraft mission. This will continue even after the spacecraft is placed in its desired orbit.”
Data will provide important information
The agency said, “The data collected around L-1 will provide important information about the origin of the solar wind, its speed and things related to space weather.” STEPS has been prepared by Physical Research Laboratory in collaboration with Space Application Center based in Ahmedabad.
STEPS has 6 sensors
There are six sensors installed in it, which observe in different directions. and are measuring ‘super-thermal’ and powerful ions ranging from 20 kiloelectron volts (KEV)/nucleon to five MeV/nucleon, in addition to electrons of more than one mega electron volt (MEV).
Data from Earth’s orbits will help scientists analyze the behavior of particles around Earth, especially its magnetic field.
STEPS was activated on September 10
STEPS was activated on September 10 at a distance of more than 50 thousand kilometers from the Earth. This distance is more than eight times the radius of the Earth. Let us tell you that on September 2, ISRO launched ‘