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  • Namana Nagaraj

Aditya L1 Spacecraft Nearing Final Phase: ISRO Chief

Chennai, India – November 26, 2023 – India’s first space-based mission to study the Sun, the Aditya L1 spacecraft, is nearing its final phase. The spacecraft is expected to enter its designated orbit around the Lagrangian point L1, considered closest to the Sun, by January 7, 2024.

“Aditya is on the way. I think it has reached almost its final phase,” said ISRO Chairman S Somanath, speaking at an event organized at VSSC to commemorate the 60th year of the First Sounding Rocket Launch.

The spacecraft, successfully launched on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, has traveled approximately 1.5 million kilometers from Earth over the past 125 days. Upon entering the Halo orbit around the L1 point, Aditya L1 will be optimally positioned to conduct its scientific investigations.




India's first space-based mission to study the Sun, the Aditya L1 spacecraft, is nearing its final phase. The spacecraft is expected to enter its designated orbit around the Sun by January 7, 2024.



Unveiling the Sun’s Mysteries

The Aditya L1 mission carries seven scientific payloads designed to study various aspects of the Sun’s behavior. These payloads will capture and transmit high-resolution images of the Sun, enabling scientists to study its corona, chromosphere, and photosphere. Additionally, the spacecraft will analyze the Sun’s magnetic field and solar wind, providing valuable insights into their interactions with Earth’s environment.


Significance of the Mission

The Aditya L1 mission is expected to revolutionize our understanding of the Sun and its influence on Earth. The Sun’s activities, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, can significantly impact Earth’s climate, communication systems, and even human health. By studying the Sun closely, Aditya L1 will provide crucial data for predicting and mitigating these effects.


India's Aditya L1 mission successfully captured the first high-energy X-ray images of solar flares.


A Leap Forward in Space Exploration

The Aditya L1 mission marks a significant milestone in India’s space exploration endeavors. It demonstrates the country’s growing capabilities in advanced spacecraft design, development, and operation. The mission’s success will undoubtedly inspire future generations of scientists and engineers to pursue groundbreaking space exploration initiatives.

As the Aditya L1 spacecraft prepares for its final approach to the L1 point, the scientific community eagerly anticipates the wealth of knowledge it will unveil about our nearest star. The Sun, the source of life and energy for our planet, holds secrets that Aditya L1 is poised to unravel, shaping our understanding of the universe and our place within it.


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