Sriharikota: Following the triumph of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has unveiled its next endeavor – the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, poised to embark on a pioneering solar study mission. Scheduled for launch on September 2 at 11:50 am from the Sriharikota spaceport, Aditya-L1 is set to chart new frontiers in solar observations.
Crafted to explore the enigmatic Sun, the Aditya-L1 spacecraft is primed for remote examinations of the solar corona alongside in-situ observations of the solar wind at L1, known as the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point. This location, positioned approximately 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, offers an optimal vantage point for unearthing solar mysteries.
ISRO’s announcement heralds the maiden dedicated Indian space mission for scrutinizing the Sun. This significant endeavor underscores India’s ascension in solar research.
🚀PSLV-C57/🛰️Aditya-L1 Mission:— ISRO (@isro) August 28, 2023
The launch of Aditya-L1,
the first space-based Indian observatory to study the Sun ☀️, is scheduled for
🗓️September 2, 2023, at
🕛11:50 Hrs. IST from Sriharikota.
Citizens are invited to witness the launch from the Launch View Gallery at… pic.twitter.com/bjhM5mZNrx
In a statement shared on social media, ISRO revealed that the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, set to blaze into the cosmos, will be carried by the reliable PSLV-C57 rocket.
The Aditya-L1 mission is strategically tailored to investigate the Sun’s intricacies from an orbit encircling the L1 point. The spacecraft will house an array of seven payloads, each attuned to capturing distinct aspects of the Sun. This ensemble of tools will facilitate in-depth observations of the photosphere, chromosphere, and the Sun’s outermost layers, the corona, spanning various wavebands.
ISRO’s pursuit of the Aditya-L1 mission signifies India’s resolute commitment to pioneering scientific research in space. As the countdown commences, anticipation heightens for a mission that promises to unveil the Sun’s secrets and contribute to humanity’s evolving understanding of our celestial neighborhood.