‘Aditya L1’ Solar Mission probe launched into space today morning

  • India’s first mission to the Sun
  • After 4 months, it will travel a distance of 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth and observe the Sun

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh) – Aditya L1, India’s first solar probe was launched from the Captain Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 11:50 a.m. on 2nd September. It was launched by a PSLV-C57 rocket. Aditya-L1 will reach ‘Lagrange 1’ at a distance of 1.5 million km from the Earth after 4 months. While remaining stationary at this location, the spacecraft will examine the outer layer (corona) of the Sun. The Sun however will still be at a distance of over 148.5 lakh kilometers from this place. The Aditya L1 will be carrying 7 instruments along with it.

At Lagrange 1, the gravitational pull of the Sun and Earth creates an attraction towards each other. According to NASA, it takes a small amount of fuel to keep the spacecraft stable at this location.

The spacecraft was sent to analyse the question ‘When the temperature of the sun itself is more than 6 thousand degrees centigrade, how can the temperature of its corona reach 10,00,000 lakh degrees centigrade ?’