After Moon, Now eyes on Sun! ISRO to launch Aditya L-1 in 2020

Yesterday’s Chandrayaan 2 launch off is a milestone achievement for the Indian space program. Now, rolling sleeves for next mission, ISRO has planned its solar mission, ‘Aditya L1’ to study Sun’s corona.

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ISRO said in its official statement, the aim of Aditya L1 is“How the corona gets heated to such high temperatures is still an unanswered question in solar physics”.

In a news conference last month, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan had said, “It is 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth. It will always look at the Sun and give an analysis of the corona because it has a major impact on climate change.”

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He said the mission is planned for launch in the first half of 2020. Another interplanetary mission to Venus will be launched in the next 2-3 years, Sivan, who is also the secretary, Department of Space, had said.

ISRO stated, Aditya-L1, with additional experiments, can provide observations of the Sun’s photosphere, chromosphere, and corona. In addition, particle payloads will study the particle flux emanating from the Sun. These payloads have to be placed outside interference from the Earth’s magnetic field and cannot be useful in the low earth orbit.


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