India proved it has what it takes by becoming the first Asian nation to put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars in 2014. Now, the country plans on sending a three-day manned mission into orbit around the Earth by the end of the following year. Major inspiration! And we shouldn’t expect that to end anytime soon! After the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) completed its most recent mission, Chandrayaan-3, which successfully landed on the Moon, another project, Aditya-L1, awaits for Monday (September 2) to start.
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The spacecraft, named Aditya (“Sun” in Hindi), will be sent into a halo orbit in a portion of space that is around 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. This will provide the vessel with an unobstructed view of the Sun at all times. It will explore what causes it for space weather, particularly gaining a better understanding of the physics of solar wind.
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
— ISRO (@isro) August 28, 2023
The autonomous spacecraft, known as Chandrayaan-3 (“Mooncraft” in Sanskrit), safely landed on the Moon last week, turning India into among the countries after the United States, China, and Russia to accomplish this feat. Celebrations broke out all throughout the nation as a result of this latest achievement in what seems to be India’s ambitious yet cost-effective space program.
In order to examine the Sun’s outermost layers, which are known as the photosphere and chromosphere, Aditya-L1 will be carrying seven payloads. These payloads will include electromagnetic and particle field detectors, among other instruments. Since it first dispatched a mission to orbit the Moon in 2008, India’s space program has expanded substantially in size and momentum, which is surely inspiring compared to what other space agencies run by. India’s space program has a very low budget but one that has expanded significantly in size and momentum since then.
Although the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have both previously sent orbiters to the Sun to conduct research, this will be India’s very first mission of its kind. And without a doubt, many more significant achievements are still to come!