Less than two weeks after a successful unmanned landing in the vicinity of the south pole zone of the moon, India launched its maiden space mission to study the sun on Saturday.
The Sriharikota space center in southern India launched the Aditya-L1 spacecraft on board a satellite launch vehicle on a mission to study the sun from a location 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles) from Earth.
The point, referred to as L1, provides a continuous view of the sun. According to the Indian Space Research Organization, the spacecraft has seven payloads to research the sun’s corona, chromosphere, photosphere, and solar wind.
After more than an hour, the ISRO declared the launch “accomplished successfully.” “The satellite was accurately positioned by the vehicle into the desired orbit.
The first solar observatory in India has started its voyage to the Sun-Earth L1 point, according to an announcement made by ISRO on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter.
It will take the satellite 125 days to get to the L1 position. On August 23, India became the first nation to successfully land a spacecraft close to the south pole of the moon.
This was a historic journey to an area that had not yet been explored but was thought to contain significant amounts of frozen water. India became just the fourth nation to reach the milestone after the United States, Russia, and China all made successful moon landing attempts in 2019.
The ISRO staff members’ work on the most recent launch was lauded by Jitendra Singh, India’s junior minister for science and technology. Salutations to India.
He addressed the ISRO control room while present and said, Congratulations, ISRO. It’s a bright spot for India. According to Manish Purohit, a former scientist at the research agency, the sun study along with India’s successful moon landing would fundamentally alter the ISRO’s reputation in the international community.
As India’s solar mission lifted off, the hundreds of spectators who had gathered to watch the launch rejoiced.
The launch marked “one more milestone,” similar to the nation’s most recent lunar trip, according to Prakash, a spectator who only used his first name. This will raise the standard for ISRO, he predicted.
Sridevi, who also used just one name, stated, “We are fortunate to be Indian and see this kind of developing activity on the space center for India. B.R. stated that once in position, the satellite will offer trustworthy warning of an onslaught of particles and radiation from increased solar activity that could potentially destroy power infrastructures on Earth.
A space scientist named Guruprasad was quoted in a newspaper item from The Times of India. The early warning system can safeguard both the occupants of space stations and the satellites that serve as the foundation of the world economy.
“Those seven payloads will investigate the sun as a star in all of the visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray spectrum positions. To make sure we don’t miss anything happening on the sun, Purohit said, “it’s like we’re going to get a black and white image, the color image, and the high-definition, 4K image of the sun.