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India deploys a satellite to the Sun after a successful Moon landing

India deploys a satellite to the Sun after a successful Moon landing

On Saturday, September 2, less than two weeks after a successful unmanned landing close to the Moon’s south pole zone. India launched its maiden space mission to study the Sun.

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 of 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles) from Earth.

According to the Indian Space Research Organization, the spacecraft has seven payloads to research the Sun’s corona, chromosphere, photosphere, and solar wind.


The complete completion of the launch was announced by the ISRO after more than an hour. The vehicle precisely placed the satellite 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.

On August 23, India became the first nation to successfully land a spacecraft close to the Moon’s south pole, embarking on a historic journey to an area still unexplored but believed to have a considerable volume of frozen water in it.

India was the fourth nation to reach this milestone after the Soviet Union, China, and the United States before an unsuccessful Moon landing effort in 2019. Manish Purohit, a former ISRO scientist, said that the Sun study, along with India’s successful Moon landing, will radically transform ISRO’s reputation in the international community.

According to ISRO, the Aditya-L1 was traveling to the Earth-Sun system’s L1 point, which offers a continuous view of the Sun.

This will make it easier to track solar activity and how it affects space weather in real time. It will take the satellite 125 days to get at the L1 position.

B.R. Guruprasad, a space scientist, stated in an article in The Times of India newspaper that the satellite would offer trustworthy notice once it was in position of an onslaught of particles and radiation from increased solar activity that has the ability to knock down power infrastructures on Earth.

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