ISRO is gearing up for the launch of its solar mission, Aditya-L1. Almost all preparations for the launch have been completed, and if everything goes as planned, Aditya-L1 will be launched on Saturday, September 2, at approximately 11:50 AM. Before the launch of India’s first solar mission, ISRO scientists visited the Lord Venkateswara temple to seek blessings. The Aditya-L1 satellite will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO Chief Offers Prayers for Mission Success
Before the launch of India’s first solar mission, ISRO’s Chief, S. Somnath, visited the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirupati district of Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers and seek blessings for the success of the mission. Speaking to the media after performing the ritual, he mentioned that the countdown for the Aditya-L1 mission had begun, and it is scheduled to be launched tomorrow at around 11:50 AM. Aditya-L1 will study the Sun. It will take about 125 days for Aditya-L1 to reach the L1 point. This mission is of great significance. We have not yet made a decision on Chandrayaan-4, and it will be announced soon. After Aditya-L1, our next launch will be Gaganyaan, which will happen in the first week of October.
Seven Payloads Accompany Aditya-L1
Aditya-L1, India’s first solar mission, will be sent into space via the PSLV-C57. Along with this mission, seven payloads will also be sent to study the Sun. Four payloads will study the Sun’s incoming radiation, while the remaining three will focus on plasma and magnetic fields. The most crucial payload on Aditya-L1 is the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), which has been tested and calibrated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
Approximately Four Months to Reach the Destination
Aditya-L1 will be placed in the halo orbit around the L1 point. This point is approximately 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth and allows uninterrupted observation of the Sun without any interference. It will take around four months to reach this Lagrange point, situated between Earth and the Sun. The mission will also study the impact of solar activity on space weather.