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India Unveils Unprecedented Solar Space Mission Post Lunar Triumph!

 India Unveils Unprecedented Solar Space Mission Post Lunar Triumph!

India Unveils Unprecedented Solar Space Mission
India Unveils Unprecedented Solar Space Mission(Image-Getty)

India's pioneering solar observation venture, the Aditya-L1, is set to embark on its journey into space on September 2, as revealed by the nation's space agency on Monday. The disclosure, conveyed through a post on the messaging platform X (formerly Twitter), comes in the wake of India's groundbreaking achievement in becoming the first country to land a spacecraft on the previously uncharted southern pole of the moon.

Named after the Hindi term for the sun, the Aditya-L1 represents India's maiden space-based solar probe, designed with the primary objective of scrutinizing solar winds. These winds, capable of causing disturbances on Earth and often manifesting as captivating "auroras," will be the focal point of study for this groundbreaking mission.

The launch of the Aditya-L1 is scheduled to take place from India's primary spaceport located in Sriharikota. The launch vehicle of choice is India's potent heavy-duty platform, the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). The journey itself is anticipated to cover an astonishing distance of around 1.5 million kilometers (approximately 932,000 miles), terminating at the Langrange point L-1, where the probe will conduct its observations.

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the estimated duration of travel from the launch point to L-1 is anticipated to span around four months for the Aditya-L1 mission.

For the realization of this mission, the government sanctioned a budget amounting to roughly $46 million back in 2019. While ISRO has refrained from providing an official update on the mission's costs, the agency did not immediately respond to a query for comment on this matter.

India has garnered a reputation for orchestrating successful space launches at impressively economical rates. In a remarkable feat, its most recent lunar endeavor was executed with a budget of approximately $75 million, a figure dwarfed even by the expenses of Hollywood's space thriller "Gravity."

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