Aditya L1: What Is The Uniqueness Of India's Solar Mission? EXPLAINED
New Delhi: India
is all set to launch Aditya L1
mission, which will travel approx. 1.5 million kilometres journey to study the Sun
. Aditya-L1 will be India's first dedicated mission to Sun. This mission is a collaboration of Indian Space Research Organisation
) with six other institutes of the country.
Why the mission is named 'Aditya L1'?
The name Aditya means Sun in Hindi language and L1 is the Lagrange point 1, which is a place between Earth and the Sun, where the gravitational forces of both Earth and Sun cancel each other. The spacecraft will be placed in an orbit around the Lagrange point 1.
How much time Aditya-L1 will take to reach its destination?
After launching it from Sriharikota
in Andhra Pradesh on September 2, Aditya L1 is expected to take around four months to reach its destination in the space- L1. After reaching the point, India will be able to study the Sun for over a period of five years.
What is the uniqueness of India's solar mission 'Aditya L1'?
India will use a total of seven payload
s to study the Sun. Other than the main payload, which was prepared by Indian Institute of Astrophysics
, six other payloads were made by smaller institutes. This is the uniqueness of India's solar mission. Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), the main payload was made by IIA
. The other six payloads used in Aditya L1 are- Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT), Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASWPE), Plasma Analyser Package for Aditya (PAPA), Solar Low Energy X-ray Spectrometer (SoLEXS), High Energy L1 Orbiting X-ray Spectrometer (HEL1OS), and Magnetometer.