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India Defies Solar Fury with Historic Aditya-L1 Sun Mission

India Defies Solar Fury with Historic Aditya-L1 Sun Mission

India Defies Solar Fury with Historic Aditya-L1 Sun Mission

India has sent a special mission to study the Sun for the first time. This comes soon after India achieved another major feat by landing near the South Pole of the Moon.

India’s Aditya-L1 mission embarks on epic solar journey

India’s groundbreaking solar observation mission, Aditya-L1, successfully lifted off from Sriharikota at 11:50 am local time (06:20 am GMT) on Saturday. This ambitious endeavor will take the spacecraft an astonishing 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, which is only 1% the distance to the Sun, and the expected journey ahead will be four months.

Named after the Hindu deity Surya (Aditya), the mission is set to revolutionize our understanding of the Sun. The ‘L1’ in Aditya-L1 refers to its destination – Lagrange point 1, a unique location between the Sun and Earth where gravitational forces reach equilibrium, making it an optimal location for scientific observations.

On reaching this strategic ‘parking spot‘, Aditya-L1 will synchronize its orbit with Earth, reducing fuel requirements for its research mission. The spacecraft is equipped with seven specialized scientific instruments designed to probe the various layers of the Sun including the corona, photosphere and chromosphere. This research will provide important insights into solar phenomena such as the solar wind and solar flare, and their effects on Earth’s weather and near-space conditions.

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