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India launches the Aditya-L1 solar space mission from Sriharikota

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India launches the Aditya-L1 solar space mission from Sriharikota

India launched its first space mission to study the sun on Saturday, nearly a week after becoming the first country to land an unmanned robotic spacecraft near the moon’s south pole.

The Aditya-L1 spacecraft, the latest mission in India’s ambitious space programme, has taken off the noon local time from the launch pad in Sriharikota, southern India, to begin a journey to observe the outer atmosphere of the sun.

The launch was a success, according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He said almost.

“The rover has precisely placed the satellite in its intended orbit. India’s first solar observatory has started its journey to the destination of the L1 Sun-Earth Point,” ISRO said on Saturday.

The mission’s name is a Sanskrit word meaning sun. L1 stands for 1 Lagrangian point, referring to the location in space between the Sun and Earth where the satellite is headed and where the gravitational forces of the two bodies are in equilibrium, according to ISRO.

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“This allows the object placed there to remain relatively stable with respect to both celestial bodies,” she said.

The Aditya-L1 spacecraft will orbit the Earth several times before traveling to its destination. It will take the satellite nearly four months to reach that point, about 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) from Earth.

The space agency said the satellite would spend its entire mission period orbiting this site, where it would have an uninterrupted view of the sun.

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It carries seven payloads to study the sun’s corona, the outer part of its atmosphere, as well as the photosphere – the sun’s surface or what we see from Earth – and the chromosphere, a thin layer of plasma between the photosphere and the corona.

The launch follows the landing of the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon in August, which marked a success for India’s growing aspirations in space and was welcomed across the country of more than one billion people.

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The lunar mission made India the fourth country to land on the moon – after the United States, the Soviet Union and China – and the first to land near the South Pole, a coveted region thought to contain water in the form of ice.

Jitendra Singh, India’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, praised the Indian Space Agency for Saturday’s mission to the sun. Connection It is a “shining moment for India”.

Christian Davenport contributed to this report.


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