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Aditya L1 Mission: ISRO to launch its first mission to study sun in 2020

Date: 04 May 2019 Tags: Space

India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it will launch its first solar mission Aditya-L1 in early 2020. It will be first dedicated scientific mission of India to holistically study sun.

Aditya L1 Mission

  • It aims to put 800-kg heavy class Aditya-L1 satellite into halo orbit around Lagrangian point L1 of Sun and Earth system.
  • L1  point is situated at distance of about 1.5 million km from earth. It provides major advantage of viewing the sun without any occultation/ eclipses,
  • Aditya L1 will be first satellite in the world to study magnetic field of the sun’s corona.
  • The satellite will carry seven payloads including the main payload Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VLEC).
  • It will study dynamic nature of sun’s outer most layers, corona and chromosphere and collect data about Coronal Mass Ejections (CME).
  • It will study about origin of solar storms and their path through interplanetary space from Sun to the Earth. It will provide information for space weather prediction.