logo retina

Aditya-L1 Solar Mission: Exploring the Sun’s Secrets

Photo of author


The Indian space research organisation ISRO’s rocket successfully launched Aditya-L1 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota.


ISRO’s rocket successfully launched Aditya-L1

A Satellite weighing 1,480.7kg, into a special orbit that goes around Earth in a long, oval shape. This launch took about 63 minutes. Check instagram post of ISRO

Aditya-L1 is traveling for four months to reach a faraway spot called L1, about 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth. To get there, it will use a special engine called the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM).

When it reaches L1, Aditya-L1 will start going in a circular path around that point. Imagine it moving in a round, looping shape.

See the Complete Video here

Launch Details

During the rocket’s flight, about 25 minutes after it took off, they turned on part of it for 30 seconds. Then, around 26 minutes later, they turned it on again for about eight minutes to make it go higher. After 63 minutes of flying, they put Aditya-L1 into its special orbit around Earth.

ISRO Chairman S Somanath confirmed that they put the satellite where they wanted it to be. They used a two-step process with the rocket for the first time. Now, India’s solar mission Aditya L1 will do some moves closer to Earth before starting its 125-day-long trip to L1.

We’re sending the satellite to a special place called Lagrange point 1 or L1. It’s a great spot because a satellite there can always see the Sun without anything blocking its view. This helps us watch the Sun and its effects on space weather better.

India’s Science and Technology Minister, Jitendra Singh, praised ISRO and said people worldwide were thrilled about the launch. He also said it’s a positive moment for India.

Visit ISRO Site Here

Aditya-L1 Mission Goals

The Aditya-L1 mission has some big goals. They want to learn about the reasons behind the Sun’s outer layer being hotter than the inner parts. They also want to understand how solar winds occur and the occurrence of large solar storms called coronal mass ejections (CME). Additionally, they aim to gain more knowledge about the Sun’s temperature and behavior.

The satellite has seven special tools to help with these studies. Different ISRO centers and scientific groups in India made them. One of them is VELC, which looks at the Sun’s outer layer and how it moves.

SUIT takes pictures of the Sun in UV light and measures UV changes. Then there’s SoLEXS and HEL1OS, which study different kinds of X-rays coming from the Sun.

ASPEX and PAPA check the solar wind and energetic ions, like tiny particles, and how they move around. And there’s also a tool called Magnetometer (MAG) that can measure magnetic fields in space at the L1 point. This gives us more information about the Sun’s behavior.

2 thoughts on “Aditya-L1 Solar Mission: Exploring the Sun’s Secrets”

Leave a Comment