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India’s Maiden Sun Mission Follows Successful Lunar Landing

India's Maiden Sun Mission Follows Successful Lunar Landing

NEW DELHI – India has achieved another significant milestone by launching its maiden mission to investigate the sun, just days after a successful lunar landing.

The rocket took off on a journey toward the sun from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, southern India, shortly before noon on Saturday.

The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) control room announced “Mission accomplished” as the spacecraft entered Earth’s upper atmosphere.

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ISRO shared on social media, “The launch of Aditya-L1 by PSLV-C57 is accomplished successfully. The vehicle has placed the satellite precisely into its intended orbit. India’s first solar observatory is now en route to the Sun-Earth L1 point.”

“The first EarthBound firing to raise the orbit is scheduled for September 3, 2023, around 11:45 Hrs. IST,” they added.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to ISRO for the successful rocket launch. He emphasized India’s continued progress in space exploration following the success of Chandrayaan-3.

“Congratulations to our scientists and engineers at @isro for the successful launch of India’s first Solar Mission, Aditya -L1,” he wrote. “Our tireless scientific efforts will continue to develop a better understanding of the Universe for the welfare of all humanity.”

The rocket is equipped with seven instruments designed to study the sun, according to an ISRO official, and the resulting data will help scientists comprehend the various impacts of solar activity on Earth.

“The mission will provide insights into the sun, its dynamics, and the inner heliosphere, which is crucial for current technology and space weather research,” stated Sankarasubramanian K, the principal scientist of the mission.