India to launch Aditya L1 following Chandrayaan-3’s triumph

ISRO announces the date of India’s sun mission, Aditya L1, to be launched on September 02

NEW DELHI | Updated: 25 August, 2023 10:42 am IST
ISRO to launch its Sun Mission, Aditya L1 on september 02

NEW DELHI: As Chandrayaan-3 etched history on the lunar canvas, ISRO’s symphony of exploration continues. In the wake of Chandrayaan-3’s historic lunar landing, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), S Somanath, announced a significant upcoming mission. On September 2, ISRO is set to launch the Aditya-L1 mission, marking India’s ambitious step toward solar exploration.

The first of its kind mission is dedicated to studying the Sun, a celestial body that has captivated scientists and space enthusiasts for centuries.

ISRO to launch its Sun Mission, Aditya L1 on september 02

S Somanath, addressing the media minutes after Chandrayaan-3’s triumphant landing, said,” The PM congratulated all of us and said that he would like to personally come down and congratulate each one of us. The Aditya L-1 mission, ISRO’s next endeavour, is already in advanced stages of preparation at Sriharikota.

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The spacecraft is scheduled for launch during the first week of October. It will be positioned in a halo orbit encircling the Sun-Earth Lagrange point 1 (L1), situated approximately 1.5 million km away from Earth. This strategic orbit offers an exceptional vantage, enabling uninterrupted solar observation devoid of eclipses or occultation. Consequently, real-time monitoring of solar activities and their impact on space weather becomes feasible. The mission incorporates seven payloads, encompassing electromagnetic, particle, and magnetic field sensors. These instruments will facilitate the scrutiny of the Sun’s photosphere, chromosphere, and corona, advancing our comprehension of solar dynamics.

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The Aditya-L1 mission will be ISRO’s second space-based astronomy endeavour, following the successful launch of AstroSat in 2015. Initially designated as Aditya 1, the mission was later renamed Aditya-L1. Its primary focus is to observe the solar corona, the Sun’s outermost layer.

Aditya L1 to study the Sun, to be launched on September 02

Equipped with a cutting-edge Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), the spacecraft will perform imaging and spectroscopy of the Sun. This advanced tool will empower scientists with a deeper understanding of the intricate processes driving the star’s behaviour.

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