India’s Daring Journey to the Heart of the Sun

India’s inaugural solar mission, Aditya-L1, achieved success as ISRO successfully placed Aditya-L1 into orbit on Saturday afternoon. The spacecraft is set to observe the Sun closely over the next five years. Aditya-L1 will collect various important information. The solar spacecraft offers a unique perspective, allowing clear views of the Sun without obstacles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the achievement on his X handle, praising the scientists’ dedication to this mission. He wrote, “India creates yet another landmark. India’s first solar observatory Aditya-L1 reaches its destination. It is a testament to the relentless dedication of our scientists in realising the most complex and intricate space missions. I join the nation in applauding this extraordinary feat. We will continue to pursue new frontiers of science for the benefit of humanity.”

Aditya-L1 reached the L1 point, located 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, after a four-month journey from Satish Dhawan Space Research Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on September 2. This marks a significant achievement as no Indian spacecraft has ventured this close to the Sun before. The distance from the sun to the Earth is 15 million kilometres. Aditya-L1 has covered one percent of that distance. The solar spacecraft has already captured various images of the Sun during its obstacle-free journey.

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