Solar mission Aditya L1 set for September 2 launch

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has tentatively scheduled the launch of its ambitious solar mission, Aditya-L1, for September 2. This mission aims to study the sun and will be positioned in a halo orbit around the L1 point of the Sun-Earth system. The Aditya-L1 spacecraft will observe the solar upper atmosphere dynamics, study phenomena like coronal mass ejections and flares, and provide data on particle dynamics from the sun.

 

The mission involves indigenous efforts with contributions from national institutions, including the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. IIA will develop the 'Visible Emission Line Coronagraph payload,' while the Pune-based institution will work on the Solar Ultraviolet Imager payload.

 

Aditya-L1's observations will cover the solar corona, chromosphere using UV payload, and flares using X-ray payloads. The mission also includes particle detectors and a magnetometer payload for insights into charged particles and magnetic fields around the L1 orbit.

 

In a recent achievement, India successfully landed Chandrayaan-3 on the moon's south pole on August 23. ISRO Chief S Somanath expressed pride in this achievement and celebrated India's presence on the lunar surface.

 

Source: Media Reports

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