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After successful Chandrayaan 3, ISRO to launch Aditya-L1 to reach sun

After the success of the lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is preparing for the launch of the Sun mission, possibly on September 2, to study the Sun. The ‘Aditya-L1’ spacecraft is designed for remote observation of the solar corona (outermost layers of the Sun) and in situ observation of the solar wind at L-1 (Sun-Earth Lagrangian point). L1 is about 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth.

It will be the first dedicated Indian space mission to observe the Sun, to be launched by the space agency ISRO. The goal of the Aditya-L1 mission is to study the Sun from orbit around L-1. The spacecraft will carry seven payloads that will help observe the photosphere, chromosphere (just above the visible surface of the Sun) and the outermost layer of the Sun (corona) in different wave bands.

An ISRO official said, Aditya-L1 is a completely indigenous effort in partnership with national institutes. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) at Bengaluru is the lead institute for the construction of the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph payload. While the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune has developed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager payload for the mission.

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