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Aditya L-1: India's First Solar Observatory on Its Journey to the Sun-Earth L1 Point

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Saturday, September 02, 2023
Aditya L-1: India's First Solar Observatory on Its Journey to the Sun-Earth L1 Point
India's Aditya L-1 Solar Mission Achieves Remarkable Milestone
India's space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has achieved a significant milestone with the successful launch of the Aditya L-1 solar observatory. The Aditya L-1 satellite was separated flawlessly during the PSLV C-57 mission, marking a historic moment in India's space exploration.

The PSLV C-57 mission, known as Aditya L-1, fulfilled its mission objective by precisely injecting the Aditya L-1 satellite into its intended intermediate orbit. This achievement was celebrated by the ISRO and the entire nation.

Dr. Sankarasubramanian K., the Principal Scientist of the Aditya-L1 mission, highlighted the importance of this mission, stating, "Both solar heliophysics and astronomy thrive on data. The sun is our own star, and understanding it is much more important for our everyday life. So the seven payloads that were conceived for this mission will provide a unique set of data which is currently not available from any other missions."

Aditya-L1's destination is the Sun-Earth L1 point, where it will serve as India's first solar observatory. This mission holds immense promise for advancing our understanding of the Sun and its impact on Earth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the scientists and engineers at ISRO for this historic achievement. He emphasized the continued dedication to scientific endeavors, stating, "Our tireless scientific efforts will continue to develop a better understanding of the Universe for the welfare of the entire humanity."

ISRO Chairman S Somanath praised the PSLV for its precision in injecting Aditya L-1 into its elliptical orbit, noting the uniqueness of the mission's approach.

Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh applauded the momentous occasion, saying, "It is indeed a sunshine moment for India. The successful launch of Aditya L1 is also a testimony to the whole-of-science and whole-of-nation approach that we have sought to adopt in our work culture."

Project Director of Aditya L-1, Nigar Shaji, expressed her elation, calling it a "dream come true." She also thanked the entire team for their support and guidance, recognizing the mission's significance for India and the global scientific community.
As Aditya-L1 embarks on its 125-day journey, it has already started generating power, with its solar panels deployed. The first EarthBound firing to raise the orbit is scheduled for September 3, representing another crucial step in this mission's success.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah joined the chorus of congratulations, emphasizing that Aditya L1's success aligns with PM Modi's vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) in the space sector.

In summary, the successful launch of the Aditya L-1 solar mission marks a pivotal moment in India's space exploration history. With its mission to study the Sun from a unique vantage point, Aditya L-1 promises to contribute valuable insights into the Sun-Earth relationship, benefiting both India and the global scientific community.