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Aditya-L1: India undertakes its maiden mission to the Sun

By Sep 2, 2023
Aditya-L1: India undertakes its maiden mission to the SunAditya-L1: India undertakes its maiden mission to the Sun

Only a few days after being the first nation to set foot close to the south pole of the Moon, India has launched its first observation mission to the Sun. – Aditya-L1

At 11:50 India time (06:20 GMT) on Saturday, Aditya-L1 launched from the launch facility at Sriharikota.

It will travel 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) from Earth, accounting for 1% of the Earth-Sun distance.

According to India’s space agency, it will take four months to reach that far.

The name of India’s first space-based project to examine the largest object in the solar system comes from Surya, the Hindu sun god also known as Aditya.

L1 stands for Lagrange Point 1, the precise location where the Indian spacecraft is traveling between the Sun and Earth.

A Lagrange point, according to the European Space Agency, is a location where the gravitational pull of two enormous objects, such as the Sun and the Earth, cancel each other out and allow a spacecraft to “hover.”

Aditya-L1 will be able to orbit the Sun at the same speed as the Earth once it reaches its “parking spot” This implies that the satellite will run on very little fuel.

A few thousand spectators gathered in the Indian Space Research Agency (Isro) viewing gallery near the launch site on Saturday morning to see the launch.

Additionally, it was live-broadcast on national television, where the pundits referred to it as a “magnificent” launch. The launch was successful, according to Isro experts, and its “performance is normal.”

The spaceship will now orbit the Earth numerous times before launching into L1.

Aditya-L1 will be able to observe the Sun continuously, even when it is obscured by an eclipse, and conduct scientific research from this vantage point.

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