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Countdown begins for tomorrow’s maiden Sun exploratory mission


 The 24-hour countdown for India’s space

odyssey–maiden PSLV-C57/Aditya-L1 mission tomorrow to explore

the Sun–began at the spaceport of Sriharikota, on Friday.

ISRO sources said the countdown began at 1150 hrs at the SHAR

Range after the Launch Authorisation Board and the Mission

Readiness Committee reviewed the progress of the mission and

gave the clearance for the mission.

The Aditya-L1 satellite, which will be the first space based Indian

Observatory to study the Sun, will be launched by ISRO’s workhorse

launch vehicle PSLV-C57 from the Second Launch Pad at 1150 hrs

on Saturday.

During the countdown, propellant filling operations will be carried

out in the four-stage vehicle.

This will be the second major inter-planetary exploration by India

in a short span of ten days, after the Lander Module, onboard the

Chandrayaan-3 successfully soft landed on the dark side of the

Moon on August 23 and the Rover, deployed from it on the Lunar

surface, started conducting in-situ chemical analysis of the region

and has been sending images of the Moon, identifying several

chemical particles on the region using the instruments in the


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