Aditya L1 launch updates: The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its Aditya-L1 mission to study the Sun at 11:50 am today.
The mission of Aditya L1 Launch
The Aditya L1 mission will take an approach similar to the Chandrayaan-3 mission. It will first get into an Earth orbit and from there, it will go higher and faster until it eventually puts itself on a path to its final halo orbit around the first Lagrange point (L1) of the Earth and the Sun. The Lagrange point is a convenient vantage point for the probe because being around it would mean that it can remain in the same position without using a lot of fuel. This is also why the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) placed the James Webb Space Telescope at the second Lagrange point. (L2)
Where to watch the launch of Aditya L-1?
The launch can be watched LIVE on:
ISRO Website – https://isro.gov.in
Facebook – https://facebook.com/ISRO
YouTube – https://youtube.com/watch?v=_IcgGYZTXQw
Why must we study the Sun?
Disturbances in the form of solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejection, or solar winds directed towards Earth, can adversely impact space weather; studying the Sun is, therefore, of paramount importance.
The objective of Aditya L1 Launch
The Aditya L1 mission will carry seven payloads to orbit to observe the photosphere, chromosphere and outermost layers of the Sun’s atmosphere (corona) using electromagnetic, particle and magnetic field detectors. But why must we study the sun? Well, disturbances in the form of solar flares, Coronal Mass Ejection, or solar winds directed towards Earth, can adversely impact space weather; and studying the Sun is, therefore, of paramount importance.
Some Facts from ISRO
- Aditya-L1 will stay approximately 1.5 million km away from Earth, directed towards the Sun, which is about 1% of the Earth-Sun distance.
- The Sun is a giant sphere of gas and Aditya-L1 would study the outer atmosphere of the Sun.
- Aditya-L1 will neither land on the Sun nor approach the Sun any closer.