India’s historic solar mission, Aditya-L1

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Author: Dr. Sarah Jones

The countdown begins

The highly anticipated launch of India’s first dedicated solar mission, Aditya-L1, is scheduled for September 2, 2023, at 11:50 Hrs IST. In preparation for this momentous event, Surya Namaskar, a traditional Indian yoga ritual, is being performed at Doon Yoga Peeth in the presence of renowned spiritual leader Acharya Bipin Joshi. This mission marks a significant milestone in India’s space exploration endeavors.

Mission objectives

Aditya-L1 is poised to become India’s first space-based observatory dedicated to studying the Sun. The spacecraft will carry a suite of seven scientific instruments designed to observe the photosphere, chromosphere, and outermost layers of the Sun. Its primary scientific objectives include:

  • Investigating the solar corona and its dynamic behavior
  • Studying solar flares and coronal mass ejections
  • Understanding the solar wind and its impact on Earth’s magnetosphere


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