- Launch of India’s First Sun Investigation Mission
- Aditya L1’s Mission and Solar Observation Goals
- India’s Advancements in Space Exploration
The PSLV rocket launched the sun-atmosphere-exploring spacecraft from Sriharikota on India’s eastern coast on Saturday.
India launched ‘Aditya L1’, its first sun-exploration mission, ten days after landing the first spacecraft on the moon’s south pole.
A polar satellite launch vehicle rocket launched the satellite from Sriharikota on India’s eastern coast at 11:50 a.m. local time.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that the launch of Aditya-L1 by PSLV-C57 was successful.
“The satellite was precisely placed into its designated orbit by the vehicle.
“The first solar observatory in India has begun its journey to the sun-Earth L1 point.”
Aditya L1 will travel approximately 1.5 million kilometers over the course of four months to enter a halo orbit around the Lagrange point (L1) of the sun-Earth system.
It will achieve orbital stability due to the balance of gravitational forces.
The Aditya-L1 mission is the first space-based observatory-class Indian solar mission to investigate the sun’s atmosphere, according to ISRO.
The spacecraft has seven instruments to study the sun’s photosphere, chromosphere, and corona.
The mission’s long-term data could contribute to a greater understanding of the sun’s influence on Earth’s climate patterns.
Aditya L1’s principal payload, the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), transmits large volumes of spectral line data.
It will transmit 1,440 images per day, or one image of the sun every minute, to ground stations where it will be read, analyzed, processed, and disseminated to scientists worldwide.
Every solar storm that reaches Earth passes via L1.
A satellite in this halo orbit around L1 of the sun-Earth system may see the sun continuously.
This will also enhance the ability to observe solar activity and its impact on space weather in real-time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was feted and congratulated by world leaders at the BRICS summit in South Africa when India became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the moon’s southern hemisphere.
He stated, “The success of Chandrayaan-3 is not only a victory for India but for all of humanity.”
With a budget of approximately $74 million (£57.7 million), the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission was less expensive than even fake space ventures, such as Gravity and The Martian, which both cost more than $100 million (£78.7 million) to produce.
And with each successful launch, the nation becomes a prominent member of the global space exploration community.